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Eye On Olympia

Why you can often measure state Supreme Court files by the pound…

From a state Supreme Court ruling this morning by Justice Jim Johnson. (I've broken this into paragraphs for readability.)

"In this case we must decide who will pay for fire hydrants in the city of Seattle and its suburbs. Seattle Public Utility (SPU) used to pay for them, passing the cost along to its ratepayers.

"The ratepayers object and want Seattle to foot the bill. If Seattle has to pay for its hydrants, it wants Lake Forest Park to pay for the hydrants in Lake Forest Park. Lake Forest Park, in turn, wants fire districts in Lake Forest Park to pay. The fire districts want someone, anyone, else to pay.

"On top of all that, the ratepayers want interest on improper past hydrant payments they recover and want Seattle's new tax on SPU declared illegal. Finally, the fire districts claim they are no longer even parties to the litigation."

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.