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WA State Rules for Compensation for Board Members

Office of Financial Management - Notice of Public Hospital District Commission Dollar Threshold Adjustment

Compensation limits for public hospital district commissioners are set in statute. RCW 70.44.050 provides that payment of compensation for each commissioner shall be at a rate of ninety dollars ($90) per day, with compensation for each commissioner not to exceed eight thousand six hundred and forty dollars ($8,640) per year. RCW 70.44.050 also provides for the Office of Financial Management to adjust this dollar threshold for inflation every five years, beginning July 1, 2008. The adjustment is to be based upon changes in the consumer price index for "wage earners and clerical workers, all items" compiled by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor during that five-year period. The new dollar threshold shall be transmitted to the Office of the Code Reviser for publication in the Washington State Register at least one month before the new threshold takes effect.

Over the five-year period from April 2013 to April 2018, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA area as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, increased by 12.35 percent.

In accordance with the requirements set forth above, the Office of Financial Management submits for publication the new dollar threshold. The new dollar threshold is one hundred and twenty-eight dollars ($128) per day with a new annual compensation limit of twelve thousand two hundred and eighty-eight dollars ($12,288). The new dollar threshold takes effect July 1, 2018.

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WA State Rules for Compensation for Board Members