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AGO 1971 No. 35 >  November 17, 1971
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE OF COUNTY ASSESSOR
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE OF COUNTY ASSESSOR The provisions of § 17, chapter 288, Laws of 1971, 1st Ex. Sess., establishing certain qualifications to be met by persons having the responsibility of valuing real property for purposes of taxation, although applicable to the assistants or deputies to a county assessor, do not apply to the county assessor himself regardless of whether he holds office by election or by appointment to fill a vacancy.
AGO 1991 No. 11 >  March 27, 1991
TAXATION - PROPERTY - AGRICULTURAL - OPEN SPACE - TIMBER LAND - FOREST LAND - ASSESSOR
TAXATION ‑- PROPERTY ‑- AGRICULTURAL ‑- OPEN SPACE ‑- TIMBER LAND ‑- FOREST LAND ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- INHERITANCE OF CLASSIFIED OR DESIGNATED LAND 1.  Chapter 84.34 RCW provides for current use valuation for the purpose of property tax assessments of land classified as agricultural, open space, or timber land.  RCW 84.34.108 sets out the consequences when classified land is transferred.  The term "transfer" in RCW 84.34.108 includes a transfer of ownership by inheritance.   2.  Chapter 84.33 RCW creates a special system of taxation for property which is classified or designated as forest land.  R CW 84.33.120 and RCW 84.33.140 set out the consequences when forest land is transferred.  The term "transfer" in RCW 84.33.120 and 84.33.140 includes a transfer of ownership by inheritance.
AGO 1974 No. 6 >  February 13, 1974
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - TAXATION - REAL PROPERTY - EXEMPTIONS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- TAXATION ‑- REAL PROPERTY ‑- EXEMPTIONS (1) The substantive provisions of §§ 1 through 7 of chapter 40, Laws of 1973, 2nd Ex. Sess., redefining the standards to be applied in determining the eligibility of certain property for an exemption from property taxation, apply to assessments made in 1973 for taxes due and payable in 1974. (2) The procedural requirements of §§ 9 through 19 of chapter 40, Laws of 1973, 2nd Ex. Sess., under which the function of determining the eligibility of property for a tax exemption is, henceforth, to be performed by the state department of revenue instead of the various county assessors and boards of equalization, do not apply in the case of assessments made in 1973 for taxes due and payable in 1974. (3) The remedies available under existing law for taxpayers who, during 1974, received tax statements covering properties which qualify for an exemption under §§ 1 through 7, chapter 40, Laws of 1973, 2nd Ex. Sess., include a request for cancellation of the assessment as provided for in RCW 84.56.400, a suit for a refund pursuant to chapter 84.68 RCW, or an injunction under RCW 84.68.010 (2). (4) The provisions of § 21, chapter 40, Laws of 1973, 2nd Ex. Sess., making a general fund appropriation to the department of revenue to administer the provisions of this new property tax exemption law, do not authorize that department to reimburse the counties for their costs incurred in determining property tax exemptions during the 1973 assessment year.
AGO 1963 No. 53 >  September 4, 1963
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - EMPLOYMENT OF PRIVATE EXPERT APPRAISERS - ASSESSMENT OF FORESTRY LAND AND TIMBER - COST OF APPRAISAL - COUNTY, SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR TAXING DISTRICTS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- EMPLOYMENT OF PRIVATE EXPERT APPRAISERS ‑- ASSESSMENT OF FORESTRY LAND AND TIMBER ‑- COST OF APPRAISAL ‑- COUNTY, SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR TAXING DISTRICTS If a private forestry firm appraises, pursuant to a contract, the forestry land and timber in a county for tax assessment purposes, the cost must be paid from the assessor's budget and cannot be paid by the schools and junior taxing district on some theory of anticipated benefit.
AGO 1964 No. 107 >  June 16, 1964
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - STANDARDS FOR ASSESSMENT FOR PROPERTY TAX PURPOSES - CLASSIFICATION OR ZONING AS TO USE UNDER PLANNING ENABLING ACT
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- STANDARDS FOR ASSESSMENT FOR PROPERTY TAX PURPOSES ‑- CLASSIFICATION OR ZONING AS TO USE UNDER PLANNING ENABLING ACT Where land has been classified or zoned as to its use under the provisions of chapter 36.70 RCW, the county assessor should take into consideration this fact but he is not bound thereby in exercising his judgment as to the best uses to which the property can be put.
AGO 1986 No. 3 >  February 18, 1986
COUNTIES - ASSESSOR - TAXES - VALUATION OF PROPERTY
PRESUMPTION OF CORRECTNESS In an appeal to the State Board of Tax Appeals from a county board of equalization, the presumption of correctness established by RCW 84.40.0301 in valuation of property for taxation applies to the determination of the assessor, not that of the board of equalization.
AGO 1965 No. 4 >  January 18, 1965
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - TAX ROLLS - LISTING OF PROPERTY - AUTHORITY TO CORRECT POSSIBLE ERROR
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- TAX ROLLS ‑- LISTING OF PROPERTY ‑- AUTHORITY TO CORRECT POSSIBLE ERROR If an assessor has good reason to believe that there may be an error in the tax rolls which would result in certain property being assessed at other than its true and fair value, he has the authority and a duty to determine whether an error does exist, and if so, to take whatever corrective measures that are necessary.
AGO 1951 No. 83 >  June 29, 1951
COUNTIES - EMERGENCIES - ASSESSOR - AERIAL SURVEY
COUNTIES -- EMERGENCIES -- ASSESSOR -- AERIAL SURVEY A contemplated emergency order appropriating $22,000 for an aerial survey for the county assessor after the county commissioner had considered a larger item for the same purpose and stricken it in the regular budget would not constitute an emergency.
AGO 1980 No. 1 >  January 3, 1980
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - PUBLIC RECORDS - TAXATION
PUBLIC ACCESS TO PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ROLLS

(1) Except where prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(5), inspection and copying of an assessor's property tax assessment roll and supporting materials must be allowed unless the specific exemptions covering taxpayer information, as set forth in RCW 42.17.310(1)(c) and RCW 84.40.020, are applicable in a given case.  (2) Real property assessment rolls prepared pursuant to RCW 84.40.020 and 84.40.160 are lists of taxable property and not individuals and, therefore, their disclosure is not prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(5) even for a commercial purpose; whether this is also true of personal property assessment rolls will depend upon their actual form.

AGLO 1979 No. 24 >  June 7, 1979
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - TAXATION - REAL PROPERTY - APPLICABILITY OF RETIRED PERSONS' PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION TO CERTAIN LEASEHOLD INTERESTS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- TAXATION ‑- REAL PROPERTY ‑- APPLICABILITY OF RETIRED PERSONS' PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION TO CERTAIN LEASEHOLD INTERESTS Neither Article VII, § 10 of the Washington Constitution nor such implementing legislation as is contained in RCW 84.36.381 et seq., qualify an individual for a property tax exemption with respect to a ". . . residence occupied by a share owner under a cooperative housing association agreement [which] is not owned by the association, but is leased by the association from a third party pursuant to a long term lease."
AGLO 1977 No. 21 >  May 25, 1977
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - ASSESSOR - TAXATION - PROPERTY - PUBLIC RECORDS - ACCESS TO COMPARABLE LEASES
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- TAXATION ‑- PROPERTY ‑- PUBLIC RECORDS ‑- ACCESS TO COMPARABLE LEASES

(1) In the event that a county assessor has utilized one or more leases of comparable lands to establish the "net cash rental" for certain farm and agricultural land under RCW 84.34.065, those leases (or copies), if retained in his custody, constitute "public records" under the public disclosure law (chapter 42.17 RCW); accordingly, the owner of such land will be governed by the provisions of that law in seeking to require the assessor to permit inspection of the contents of those documents.

(2) If, however a petition for review under chapter 84.48 RCW has been filed, such a landowner may utilize the provisions of RCW 84.48.150 to obtain the same material or information from the assessor.

AGLO 1973 No. 98 >  October 1, 1973
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTIES - ASSESSOR - ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS - TENURE
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTIES ‑- ASSESSOR ‑- ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ‑- TENURE Persons appointed to serve as members of an advisory committee under § 11, chapter 212, Laws of 1973, Ex. Sess., serve at the pleasure of the board of county commissioners; they may be compensated for mileage and other expenses pursuant to RCW 36.17.030.
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