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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. Broden <br /> <br />MINUTES <br />September 18, 2006 <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 9:00 a.m. in the presence of Vice-Chairman <br />Richard A. Broders and Member James A. DeLeo. <br /> <br />REQUEST TO WAIVE FILING DEADLINE <br /> <br />The Board reviewed a request to waive the filing deadline for a real property valuation petition submitted <br />for parcel #802264011 by Pamela Roberts. Based on the facts relating to the late filing ofthis petition <br />the Board determined that the appellant did not meet the filing requirement as outlined by State law. State <br />law requires that appeal forms must be received by the filing deadline, or postmarked no later than the <br />filing deadline, as outlined in RCW 84.40.038 and WAC 458-14-056. These laws further describe <br />specific exemptions for waiving the filing deadline. Based on the exemptions listed in the referenced <br />Statute and WAC Rule, the Board did not find good cause for waiving the filing deadline and is unable to <br />accept the appeal for the 2006 Board of Equalization season. The Chairman further noted that the intent <br />of a postmark requirement is widely and uniformly applied by many agencies. For example, the Ihternal <br />Revenue Service, the Jefferson County Treasurer, and the Jefferson County Auditor - Elections Division, <br />all have filing/postmark filing deadlines. A person would not be allowed to hand deliver their income <br />taxes, property taxes or election ballot to those respective offices the day after the filing deadline, without <br />paying a penalty or having their ballot rejected, merely because the office would have received the <br />documents the same day even if mailed by the deadline. The logic expressed by the appellant with regard <br />to the intent of a postmark is not considered "normal practice" among most agencies that enforce deadline <br />requirements. Vice-Chairman Broders moved to deny the request to waive the filing deadline. Member <br />DeLeo seconded the motion which carried by a unanimous vote. This decision is final and may not be <br />appealed. <br /> <br />The Board directed the Clerk to write a letter to the appellant notifying her of the Board's decision and to <br />retain the petition for consideration during the 2007 Board of Equalization season. <br /> <br />Phone (360)385-9100 Fax (360)385-9382 <br />