Notice of Assessment Changes The 2023 proposed assessment fees are available below. They will be reviewed and voted on by the BoCC at the Board of Equalization Hearing, which is set for Tuesday, December 13th at 2 pm, in the Commissioners Hearing Room on the lower level of the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadways Ave, Spokane, WA 99260. It can be attended virtually via the link below: Webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85674845677 Telephone: 1-877-853-5257 (toll-free) Meeting ID: 856 7484 5677 At the above-referenced date, time, and location, any person may appear and present objections, if any, they may have to the 2023 District Assessment Roll. To ensure that everyone attending has an opportunity to speak, testimony may be limited to three (3) minutes per speaker. The 2023 Assessment Fees will be calculated using the assessed value of individual parcels. We are still awaiting an opinion from the Washington Attorney General’s office regarding the use of market value instead of assessed. Until that opinion is received, the assessed value will continue to be used.
In 2017, the residents of the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District (NLFCZD) presented the Spokane County Board of Commissioners with a petition to appoint a Board of Appraisers to reconsider, revise, and/or reaffirm the classification and relative percentages of the parcels within the NLFCZD under RCW 86.09.
The objectives of this “reassessment” were for the Board of Appraisers to take a fresh look at the parcels contained within the boundaries of the NLFCZD and determine (reassess) the benefits each parcel derives from both flood control and stormwater management undertaken by the NLFCZD, and then based on those benefits, reconsider, revise and/or reaffirm the current “classification” of each parcel with respect to each of the two purposes of the Flood Control Zone District. In performing this reassessment, the Board of Appraisers were tasked with identifying every parcel that derives any benefit so that the assessments fairly distribute the costs of the District among as many benefitted parcels as allowed by law.
At the end of this reassessment, the Board of Appraisers provided the Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Supervisors of the Newman Lake Flood Control Zone District, a new base map and land descriptions, outlining the classifications of the different lands on the base map based on their relative benefits derived separately for (1) flood control and (2) water quality (stormwater management). This new base map will be used to levy assessments on those parcels not otherwise classified as non-benefited, based on their relative benefit ratios.
On September 27th, 2022 the Board of County Commissioners adopted (Res. 22-0642) the reassessed base maps and benefit ratios for Flood Control and Water Quality presented to them by the Board of Appraisers.
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