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<br /> <br />1820 Jefferson Street <br />P.O. Box 1220 <br />Port Townsend, WA 98368 <br /> <br />James A. DeLeo <br /> <br />William S. Marlow <br /> <br />Richard A. Broders <br /> <br />MINUTES <br />AUGUST 14, 2001 <br /> <br />Richard A. Broders <br />William S. Marlow <br />James A. DeLeo <br /> <br />Chairman <br />Vice-Chairman <br />Member <br /> <br />Chairman Richard A. Broders called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. in the presence of Vice-Chairman <br />William S. Marlow. Member James A. DeLeo arrived shortly after the meeting began. <br /> <br />HEARINGS <br /> <br />Edward & Eileen Barcott <br />807 Harrison <br />Port Townsend, W A 98368 <br /> <br />BOE: 01-13-R <br /> <br />PN: 965702507 <br /> <br />Mr. Barcott was present. Appraiser Robert Kingsley represented the Assessor's office. After explaining the <br />hearing process Chairman Broders swore them in. The property under appeal consists of a residence located at <br />807 Harrison Street, Port Townsend. Mr. Barcott stated that there is a problem with the tax system. In a Court <br />of Law a citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty. When it comes to taxes, a citizen is guilty. The <br />burden of proof is upon the taxpayer to prove that the Assessor is incorrect. This is contrary to everything we <br />have been taught in this country. According to RCW, the bureaucracy that runs the tax system is in <br />control. They are a law unto themselves it appears. Approximately 15 years ago his property was being <br />assessed as having a view. At that time he went to the Assessor's office to dispute the view and the assessment <br />was removed. Had he not challenged the assessment he would still be paying for view property. He stated that <br />he is here not just for himself, but, for the citizens that don't fight the system and are resigned that death and <br />taxes are inevitable. In 1971 the Barcott's purchased the house which was built in 1887 for $18,000. They <br />thought that was a lot of money at the time. The house was referred to as an "old junker" or "fixer up'er". Over <br />the years they have made improvements such as painting, new carpeting, insullation and wiring. These <br />improvements were small affordable jobs that occurred one at a time and over a period of time. The property <br />values have now skyrocketed. Far exceeding inflation. In 1988 their taxes were $619.92. In 1994 they <br />increased to $1,521.14. They increased again in 1999 to $1,616.10. Now for 2002 they have been informed <br />that the value of their land has increased from $56,000 to $88,000 and the value of their house has increased <br />from $73,000 to $85,140. This is a total increase of $43,825. All because of the sale prices of property nearby. <br />How can an old house which is approximately 114 years old and is falling apart, increase in value? The front <br />porch and deck had to be replaced a few years ago. The house has a 30 year old cedar roof that is near the end <br />of its life and needs to be replaced. The wooden foundation has been treated, but, still contains insects. Two of <br />the windows leak and need to be replaced at a cost of $3,000. The siding and gutters are no good. He realizes <br />that property values are based on improvements and sales in the area, but, it is unfair. Why should the wealth of <br />new neighbors penalize old residents. All of the houses which recently sold were all over priced. It doesn't <br /> <br />Phone (360)385-9100 / 1-800-831~2678 Fax (360)385-9382 <br />