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ASSESSOR
Rick Hole

CHIEF DEPUTY
Paula Bednarik


LOCATION
100 W. Broadway
Suite 21
Montesano, WA 98563

PHONE
(360) 249-4121

OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  

APPRAISAL DEPARTMENT

The Appraisal Department is comprised of two commercial/industrial appraisers and seven residential appraisers. It is the responsibility of these appraisers to assess all property in Grays Harbor at 100% of its true and fair market value according to the highest and best use of the property. All real and personal property are subject to tax unless specifically exempted by law.

Washington State law requires that the Assessor maintain a systematic revaluation program which is submitted to the Washington State Department of Revenue for review and approval. Grays Harbor County is on a four-year revaluation cycle, which means property is inspected and valued once every four years. However, if the character of the property changes because of new construction, destroyed property, subdivision, etc., it may be re-inspected and valued outside of the normal valuation cycle. For your convenience a revaluation timeline showing what year your property will be re-inspected has been provided below. It is the responsibility of the Assessor’s Office to insure all property owners in Grays Harbor County are treated in a fair, equitable and impartial manner in accordance with the laws of Washington State.

Assessment
Year
For Taxes Payable
School District
2008
2009
Hoquiam, Montesano, Elma
2009
2010
Aberdeen, McCleary, Satsop, Mary M. Knight
2010
2011
Ocosta, Cosmopolis, Oakville, Quinault, Brooklyn, Taholah, Rochester, Wishkah
2011
2012
North Beach

An "Improvement" on land is any structure, addition or other product of labor which is attached, lying upon or within the land that enhances the value of the property that may not be easily removed without physical stress.

RCW 84.40.025 Access to Property Required: For the purpose of assessment and valuation of all taxable property in each county, any real or personal property in each county shall be subject to visitation, investigation, examination, discovery, and listing at any reasonable time by the county assessor of the county or by any employee thereof designated for this purpose by the assessor.

In any case of refusal to such access, the assessor shall request assistance from the Department of Revenue which may invoke the power granted by chapter 84.08 RCW.

 

Appeal of Assessed Valuation

If you would like to discuss the assessed value of your property, you may call the Assessor’s Office at (360) 249-4121. Disputes may often be resolved at this level without filing a formal appeal. In the event you determine an appeal is in order, you may appeal the valuation to the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization. Appeal forms must be filed with the Board of Equalization within 30 days of the postmark of a Change of Value Notice or by July 1st, whichever is later. Appeal forms are available by calling the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization at (360) 249 -5400. For your convenience, a link to the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization has been provided.


 

The appeal process is informal and does not require an attorney. However, Washington State Law requires the appellant submit clear and convincing evidence that the Assessor’s valuation of the property is not correct. If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Grays Harbor County Board of Equalization, you may appeal to the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.

 

 



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