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<br />BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING MINUTES - OCTOBER 27, 1994 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br /> <br />At this point Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard arrived. Chairman DeLeo explained the hearing process and <br />swore them in. Mr. Hilliard stated they purchased this property a year ago. At that time they <br />hired a soil engineer to do a report on their property. In this report he expressed concerns about <br />soil stability, and slope stability of the road leading into their property. He added the timber <br />company clearcut their property up to the 200 foot mark, ignoring the soil engineer's <br />recommendation of 300 feet. Heavy rains caused a slide which uprooted some trees. They feel <br />the property has been significantly compromised by the timber company. Mrs. Hilliard stated the <br />contract was for conifer trees only but the timber company took conifer trees plus madrona, <br />maple, etc. She said that when they purchased the property they went to a lawyer and a forestry <br />consultant to get advice on forest plans. There was only supposed to be a select cut in the <br />northeast corner. But instead the whole eastern half of their property has been clearcut. They <br />presented photographs to show the degree of devastation. The property was assessed prior to the <br />logging and they feel the value has since diminished. <br /> <br />The Hilliard's expressed their concerns about being delayed for a building permit. Their house on <br />Bainbridge Island is for sale and they are planning on building their primary residence on this <br />property but are unable to do so for at least a year. Member Bill Marlow stated that those <br />concerns are a different issue. The Board of Equalization is only responsible for determining the <br />fair market value of the property. It does not have any authority over building regulations. <br /> <br />After reviewing all the information and hearing the testimony of both parties the Board concurred <br />to conduct an inspection of the property and make a determination at a later date. <br /> <br />Mary Lou Pederson <br />7332 224th Street SW -J5 <br />Edmonds, WA 98026 <br /> <br />BOE: 94-49-R <br /> <br />PN: 956 100 007 <br /> <br />Mary Lou Pederson and Janet Pederson were present. Bob Shold was present on behalf of the <br />Assessor's office. Chairman DeLeo explained the hearing process and swore them in. Janet <br />Pederson stated that the well that provides her house with water has been contaminated with <br />gasoline. She is one of four houses that this well served. As a short term solution a water truck <br />has been donated and the Forest Service provides the water for the residents of the four houses. <br />The State Department of Ecology and the local Health Department are conducting tests to try to <br />locate the source of the contamination. A long term solution would be a community water system <br />for Quilcene, however, it is unknown if that will ever happen. Janet Pederson is concerned about <br />getting water this winter when the water hoses coming from the truck freeze. She added that the <br />garage is unfinished and the roof had to be replaced after living there only five years. She does <br />not think she could sell the property with the problems it has and feels her property value should <br />be reduced. <br /> <br />Bob Shold presented a map provided by the Health Department that identified which wells are <br />contaminated. The Assessor's office made an adjustment for the contamination problem. They <br />reduced the land value by 50% and the improvement value by 25%. They feel this problem does <br />have an impact on the market value of the property but without any sales they do not know to <br />what degree. <br /> <br />The Board explained to the Pederson's that their next tax statement will reflect the adjustment <br />made by the Assessor's office. The adjusted assessed value is approximately $5,000 less. <br />