Washington Law Review


The acquisition by cities and towns of private property, and to some extent public property also, is provided for in Chapter 8.12 RCW, which enumerates the public purposes for which such property may be acquired upon payment of "just compensation." The statement of public purposes included in that chapter relate in the main to the furtherance of the governmental as distinguished from the proprietary functions of cities and towns. Said chapter is implemented and supplemented as to the latter functions by Chapter 80.40 RCW, which relates to the needs of cities and towns in the exercise of their proprietary functions, notably electric light and power, water, mass transportation, and sewerage. Procedure in Chapter 8.12 RCW controls.

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