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File #: 2016-0399    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/6/2016 In control: Budget and Fiscal Management Committee
On agenda: Final action: 11/7/2016
Enactment date: 11/17/2016 Enactment #: 18398
Title: AN ORDINANCE authorizing certain county departments and agencies to absorb transaction processing costs for electronic payments; amending Ordinance 17293, Section 47, and K.C.C. 4A.10.245, Ordinance 17293, Section 107, and K.C.C. 4A.10.585, Ordinance 13923, Section 4, as amended, and K.C.C. 4A.601.010, Ordinance 13923, Section 5, as amended, and K.C.C. 4A.601.030, adding a new section to K.C.C. chapter 4A.601 and repealing Ordinance 16861, Section 6, and K.C.C. 4A.601.100 and Ordinance 17230, Section 1, and K.C.C. 4A.601.120.
Sponsors: Dave Upthegrove
Indexes: Budget, Finance
Code sections: 4A.10.245 - *, 4A.10.585 - *, 4A.601 - *, 4A.601.010 - *, 4A.601.030 - *, 4A.601.100 - *, 4A.601.120 - *
Attachments: 1. 18398.pdf, 2. 2016-0399 legislative review form.pdf, 3. 2016-0399 fiscal note, 4. 2016-0399 transmittal letter, 5. 2016-0399_SR_E-Payment Fees-acl.pdf, 6. 2016-0399_ATT2_King County Acceptance of Electronic Payments (2016-0146 REPORT).docx, 7. 2016-0399_ATT3_Payment Mgt Plan.pdf
Staff: Doss, Greg
Drafter
Clerk 08/05/2016
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AN ORDINANCE authorizing certain county departments and agencies to absorb transaction processing costs for electronic payments; amending Ordinance 17293, Section 47, and K.C.C. 4A.10.245, Ordinance 17293, Section 107, and K.C.C. 4A.10.585, Ordinance 13923, Section 4, as amended, and K.C.C. 4A.601.010, Ordinance 13923, Section 5, as amended, and K.C.C. 4A.601.030, adding a new section to K.C.C. chapter 4A.601 and repealing Ordinance 16861, Section 6, and K.C.C. 4A.601.100 and Ordinance 17230, Section 1, and K.C.C. 4A.601.120.
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PREAMBLE:
RCW 36.29.190 specifies that a payer desiring to pay by any means of electronic communication shall bear the cost of processing the transaction, unless the county legislative authority finds that it is in the best interests of the county to not charge transaction processing costs for all payment transactions made for nontax payments received by the county treasurer. Under Chapter 5, Laws of Washington 2016, effective June 28, 2016, the state legislature approved amendments to this law that limit the type of costs that may be charged for processing electronic payments.
This ordinance is intended to specifically authorize designated county departments or agencies to not charge transaction processing costs associated with electronic payments because it is in the county's best interest to do so.
The ordinance also effects the necessary changes to the King County Code to be in alignment with the amendments to RCW 36.29.190 that took effect June 28, 2016.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Findings: The county council finds that it is in the best interest of the county to not charge transaction processing costs for the electronic payments of the departments and agencies listed in section 8 of this ordinance.
SECTION 2. Ordinance 17293, Section 47, and K.C.C. 4A.10.245 are each hereby amended to read as follows:
"Electronic payments" means ((any financial transaction by ...

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