Enforceability of Intergovernmental Agreement
Case: Rainier Economic Delvopment Council v. Columbia 911 Communications Dist., 2007 WL 5813754
Synopsis: This case required Judge Rasmussen to determine the enforceability of a proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that required nine entities to transfer tax revenue to Petitioner, Rainer Economic Development Council (REDCO). That determination required the court to decide two issues with respect to each party to the agreement: (1) whether that party had the authority to enter into an IGA, and (2) whether that party had the authority to transfer tax revenue to other entities for the purpose of this IGA.
Judge Rasmussen held that some of the parties enabling statutes did not authorize them to participate in the IGA. While other’s participation depended on the amount of tax revenue transferred to REDCO each year. The remaining parties, could participate in the IGA and transfer a portion of their received tax revenue to REDCO.