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<br /> <br />1820 Jefferson Street <br />PO Box 1220 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> <br />MINUTES <br />SEPTEMBER 19,2000 <br /> <br />William S. Marlow <br />Richard A. Broders <br />James A. DeLeo <br /> <br />Chairman <br />Vice-Chairman <br />Member <br /> <br />Vice-Chairman Richard A Broders called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. in the presence of Member James <br />A. DeLeo. Chairman William S. Marlow was not present. <br /> <br />HEARINGS <br /> <br />Steven R. Johnson <br />95 Timberline Road <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> <br />BOE: 00-76-LO <br /> <br />PN: 001 203 020 <br /> <br />Mr. Johnson was present. Appraiser Peter Schuck represented the Assessor's office. After explaining the <br />hearing process Vice-Chairman Broders swore them in. The property under appeal consists of approximately <br />2 acres located at 95 Timberline Road, Port Townsend. Mr. Johnson stated that he is concerned that his <br />property "taxes" will double since his property "value" has doubled. The property is undeveloped and no <br />improvements have been made. He purchased a relic of the battleship "Nebraska" which he is storing on the <br />property until he can restore it. He hopes to build on the property someday, however, he is an artist (painter <br />and photographer) and does not have much money as he lives very simple on $5,000 per year. It doesn't make <br />sense that the value has increased when there hasn't been any improvements to the property. The property is <br />currently assessed at $27,020. Mr. Johnson estimates the value to be $19,520. <br /> <br />Mr. Schuck presented and discussed three (3) sales of comparable property in the immediate area. He <br />explained how he valued the property and stated that the value was based on the comparable sales presented. <br /> <br />Mr. Johnson explained the personal hardship an increase in taxes will cause. He presented photographs of the <br />battleship "Nebraska" relic, as well as photographs taken by him which he sold to be used on various book <br />covers. He invited the Board to attend a "gallery walk" to view his work at a local art gallery. <br /> <br />Vice-Chairman Broders explained that the Board's primary responsibility is to review the Assessor's valuation <br />to insure that it is fair and equitable. <br /> <br />Hearing no further testimony Vice-Chairman Broders closed the hearing. The Board will review all the <br />information submitted, conduct a physical inspection of the property and make a determination at a later date. <br /> <br />Phone (360)385-9100 / 1-800-831-2678 Fax (360)385-9382 jeffbocC@co.jefferson.wa.us <br />
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