Board Of Equalization


310 W. Spruce Ave, Suite 217
Montesano, WA 98563
(360) 249-5400x1

Email:
Jill Vance
JVance@co.grays-harbor.wa.us

The Appeal Process

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your property valuation, you should first contact the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s Office.  Property owners can often settle disagreements at this level without filing a formal appeal.  If a value agreement cannot be reached with the Assessor's Office, an appeal form should be timely filed with the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization to protect your right to continue researching the value of your property. 

Please call Jill Vance, Clerk of the Board, for information on how to receive an appeal form, the appeal process and any help you may need in filling out the appeal form and finding/submitting the required evidence.  The completed petition must be timely filed within 30 days from the date that the change of value notices were mailed, or by July 1st of the assessment year whichever date is later in the year

The appeal process is informal and does not require an attorney. Washington State law does require that the appellant submit clear, cogent and convincing evidence that proves the appraised value does not reflect market value as of January 1 of the assessment year.  Evidence should include 'market' sales information of comparable properties in your area or a similar area that have sold the year before the assessment date showing a sales value closer to your estimate of value; a private appraisal with the comparable sales listed; or information on conditions of the property not known to the Assessor. The properly filled out appeal form must be submitted within the 30 day limit; however, you can submit additional evidence any time up to 7 business days before the hearing date. 

To print a real property appeal form click here.
To print a personal property appeal form  click here.

For other types of appeal forms, please call the board clerk.

If the appellant is not satisfied with the determination made by the Board of Equalization, an appeal can be made to the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.


About the Board of Equalization

Mission
The Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization is an independent body of private citizens that hears and decides appeals related to property valuation and other determinations by the Grays Harbor County Assessor. Appointed by the County Commissioners, the Board is established by the laws of Washington State and governed by the Washington State Department of Revenue. The Board of Equalization is committed to ensuring that adequate guidance and information is available to taxpayers in preparing a proper appeal.

Services

The Board provides impartial and economical adjudication for appealing the following
determinations of the Grays Harbor County Assessor:

  • Changes in real and personal property values (residential & commercial) 
  • Determinations of forest land classification/value/removal
  • Determinations of senior citizen/disabled exemption denials & deferral
  • Determinations of current use removals, exemption denials & classifications
  • Determinations of home improvement exemption denials 
  • Determinations regarding historic property
  • Determinations regarding destroyed property 
  • Determinations of valuation reductions after government restriction
  • Valuation of property previously qualified for a multi-unit housing exemption

Information on these topics can be found at the DOR website (dor.wa.gov) under RCW 84.

The Board of Equalization does not have any authority to rule on the penalty imposed by the county Assessor on personal property taxes when the taxpayer has failed to timely file their personal property listing.

Board Membership
The Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization consists of three members representing each district within the county, and the clerk of the board. All are appointed by the County Commissioners.

The Board includes:
  Otis Leathers                                          Claudia Woodward-Rice                    Susan Conniry
  McCleary - District 1                               Aberdeen - District 2                          Ocean Shores - District 3

Jill Vance
Clerk of the Board


Additional Information:

Grays Harbor County Assessor’s Office

You may contact the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s office to review your property valuation at any time during the year. Agreements can often be reached prior to filing an appeal with the Board of Equalization.

100 W Broadway, Suite 21
Montesano, WA 98563
(360) 249-4121


Assessor Office Hours:
Currently Posted Office Hours

Washington State Dept. of Revenue
The Washington State Department of Revenue website provides extensive information on property taxes including links to publications, forms and applicable laws. You can visit this website at: http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/propertytax/

A helpful guide entitled “Appealing your Property Tax Valuation to the County Board of Equalization” can be found in the publications section of this website.

Remember

  • To file an appeal of the assessment of your property, you must complete and timely submit an appeal petition form with the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization. A letter or telephone call will not be accepted as a substitute for the appeal petition form.
  • The deadline for filing an appeal is July 1st of the current assessment year or within 30 days of the date that the Change of Value Notices were mailed by the Assessor’s Office , whichever date is later.
  • There is no charge for filing an appeal and an attorney is not required.
  • A completed petition must include specific reasons why you believe that the Assessor’s Office is incorrect. Statements that the assessor’s valuation is too high or property taxes are excessive are not sufficient. You should be specific as to why the assessed values does not reflect market value. Examples might include sales of similar property sold the year before the assessment date that reflect a lower value for your property; a recent appraisal of your property; or excessive deterioration of your property.