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<br />BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING MINUTES - AUGUST 17, 1994 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br /> <br />HEARING W AIYERS - Continued <br /> <br />Thomas & Jean Moore <br />BOE: 94-37-R <br />PN: 998700 037 <br /> <br />The corrected market values were agreed upon by each Petitioner and the Assessor's Office. (See <br />Attached) <br /> <br />HEARINGS <br /> <br />Paul W. Palmer <br />1524 Larson Lake Road <br />Chimacum, W A 98325 <br /> <br />BOE: 94-01-LO <br /> <br />PN: 801 151 008 <br /> <br />Paul W. and Rachel Palmer were present. Jack Westerman and Will Butterfield were present on <br />behalf of the Assessor's office. Chairman James A. DeLeo explained the hearing process and <br />swore them in. Mr. Palmer stated that he is concerned about the newly adopted Critical Areas <br />Ordinance and how it will limit the use of his property. He is especially concerned about the <br />wetland restrictions, although he has not talked to a County Planning Department representative <br />regarding the specific wetlands issues on his property. He does not have plans for development. <br />Mr. Palmer added that he has paid taxes for "highest and best use" on the property since 1956, <br />although he uses the land for farming and timber production only. He and his wife have chosen <br />not to file for an "open space" designation because of the penalties and taxes that would be levied <br />if the land is developed in the future. <br /> <br />Jack Westerman explained that he talked with the Palmers in 1991 about the option of filing for <br />an "open space" designation that would reduce their taxes. Without that designation, even though <br />the land is used for farming and timber, it will have to be assessed at "fair market value", Mr. <br />Westerman added that the Critical Areas Ordinance has not been in place long enough for their <br />office to gather data on how it will effect the market value of property in the County. <br /> <br />After hearing the testimony of both parties the Board concurred that they would conduct an <br />inspection of the property and make a determination at a later date. <br /> <br />Richard K. Call <br />1910 Walnut Street <br />Port Townsend, W A 98368 <br /> <br />BOE: 94-02-R <br /> <br />PN: 985 210 101 <br /> <br />Richard Call was present. Robert Kingsley was present on behalf of the Assessor's office. <br />Chairman James A. DeLeo explained the hearing process and swore them in. Mr. Call stated that <br />low income rental housing, constructed in his neighborhood, has decreased his property value. <br />There are six houses already built and two more are planned. These houses weren't built at the <br />time of the Assessor's last valuation. <br />