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State law requires the Assessor to value property at 100 percent of its true and fair market value in money, according to the highest and best use of the property. Market value is the amount of money a willing and un-obligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and un-obligated seller.
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A taxpayer’s petition must be filed or postmarked by July 1 of the current assessment year or 30 days after the date of mailing the value change notice, whichever is later. If the petition is mailed, it must be postmarked by midnight of the deadline. Mail to: Board of Equalization, 207 4th Avenue N, Kelso, WA 98626. Please do not wait until the last day to file an appeal. Even if you are discussing your property with the Assessor’s Office, you must file timely to reserve your right to appeal. Phone calls, letters, word of mouth, etc. do not reserve your right to appeal. You must have your appeal turned in in order for your appeal to be considered.
Yes! It’s always a good idea to review your valuation and make sure all the information is up to date. Property owners can often settle disagreements at this level without continuing the appeal process. However, citizens still need to reserve their appeal rights by filing petitions on time with the Board of Equalization.
All required questions must be answered on the petition form. A taxpayer must include specific reasons why they believe the Assessor’s valuation is not correct. The Assessor has the presumption of correctness. The amount of tax, assessed value of other properties, the percentage of assessment increase, personal hardship, and other matters unrelated to the market value cannot, by law, be considered by the Board. You must include your estimate of value, comparable sales or other supporting evidence. If you include additional evidence prior to the hearing, it must be received at least twenty-one (21) business days prior to the hearing.