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<br /> <br />1820 Jefferson Street <br />PO Box 1220 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> <br />MINUTES <br />AUGUST 22, 2000 <br /> <br />William S. Marlow <br />Richard A. Broders <br />James A. DeLeo <br /> <br />Chairman <br />Vice-Chairman <br />Member <br /> <br />Chairman William S. Marlow called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. in the presence of Vice-Chairman <br />Richard A Broders and Member James A. DeLeo. <br /> <br />HEARINGS <br /> <br />Floyd & Sabine Murray <br />330 Elwha Bluffs Road <br />Port Angeles, WA 98362 <br /> <br />BOE: 00-37-R <br /> <br />PN: 801 054 002 <br /> <br />Mr. and Mrs. Murray were present. Appraiser Robert Kingsley represented the Assessor's office. After <br />explaining the hearing process Chairman Marlow swore them in. The property under appeal consists of <br />approximately 20.05 acres of designated forest land located at 3744 Eaglemount Road, Port Townsend. Mr. <br />Murray stated that they built a storage shed on this property about 7 years ago. Within the last five years the <br />storage shed has been broken into twice and valuables have been stolen. They feel that constructing the <br />storage shed was a mistake and now the Assessor's office is punishing them for this mistake by valuing the I <br />acre site that the storage shed is located on at $10,000 (The remaining 19.05 acres designated as forest land is <br />valued at $2,380). He presented and discussed comparable property sales. Based on new County regulations <br />they are unable to divide their property, so why should the Assessor be allowed to divide it by valuing acreage <br />separately? The current assessment is $33,185 ($12,380 for the land and $20,805 for the improvements). The <br />Murray's estimate the value to be $23,000 ($3,000 for the land and $20,000 for the improvements). <br /> <br />Mr. Kingsley stated that he agrees with the appellant and the property sales he presented are comparable. He <br />explained that the issue with this parcel is that the appellants requested their 20 acre parcel be classified as <br />forest land. After receiving that designation they built a storage shed on the property. By law the Assessor's <br />office must value one (I) acre separately as a building site. The current fair market value of a building site in <br />that area is $10,000. <br /> <br />Mr. Murray stated that he agrees that if they had one (I) acre with a building which they were able to sell, they <br />probably could get $10,000 for it, but, they cannot sell the just the one (I) acre building site. It is part of the <br />20.05 acre parcel which cannot be divided. They would have to sell the whole 20.05 acre parcel. If they <br />cannot sell one (1) acre for $10,000 than it is not worth $10,000. He asked Mr. Kingsley to explain the shape <br /><)f'the- Qtl~ (1) ~<:r~ bejug 'Z~hletj ~t $1 ())()()O? <br /> <br />Phone (360)385-9100/ 1-800-831-2678 Fax (360)385-9382 jeffi)ocC@co.jefferson.wa.us <br />
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