Loading...
RES2746 CITY OF RENTON, WASHINGTON RESOLUTION NO. 2746 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RENTON, WASHINGTON, SUPPORTING FISCAL EQUITY FOR CITY FINANCED HEALTH CARE SERVICES. WHEREAS, there has been a long standing dispute between the Suburban Cities and King County regarding the responsibility for the funding of Health Services; and WHEREAS, it is the legal responsibility of the County to provide health services to the residents of suburban cities, since cities with a population of less than 100, 000 are legally under the jurisdiction of a county health department; and WHEREAS, this responsibility has been historically recognized in King County and throughout the state; and WHEREAS, the residents of the entire county pay taxes to King County to pay for regional services such as Health; and WHEREAS, the County expectation that city government must compensate the County Government for health services received by residents of the cities is not fiscally equitable since it constitutes double taxation (once through their county taxes and again through city taxes) for the same service; and WHEREAS, most suburban cities entered into the agreement with King County in reliance upon the County's assurance that it would renegotiate the agreement on the basis of resolving the issue of fiscal equity after a study of the issue was completed by the Puget Sound Council of Governments; and WHEREAS, such negotiations were never undertaken after the study was completed; and 1 t` RESOLUTION NO. 2746 WHEREAS, the County has now taken legal action against the City of Auburn for its refusal to sign the agreement because of the fiscal equity issue; and WHEREAS, successful resolution of the fiscal equity issue in the Auburn case would provide a basis for the renegotiation of the health services agreement among all the suburban cities . NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF RENTON, WASHINGTON, AS FOLLOWS: SECTION I. That the funding of Health Services is fundamentally a responsibility of the County. SECTION II. Be it further resolved that the City of Renton supports the efforts of the City of Auburn to resolve the legal issues related to the responsibility of the County to fund health care services and directs the City Attorney to assist Auburn in whatever way possible, including intervention in Auburn's law suit with the County if that appears appropriate. PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL this5th day of December , 1988. Maxine E. Motor, City Clerk APPROVED BY THE MAYOR this 5th day of December , 1988 . JA} TCX ff, t Earl Clymer, _; yor Ap ed as to form: Lawrence J. , arren, City Attorney Res .41 : 12-02-88 :as . 2