Clark County, Washington assessor Peter Van Nortwick has gone on record as supporting proposed legislation that would allow counties in Washington to charge a fee to commercial property owners who appeal the assessed value of their properties. Van Nortwick has said that he is surprised to learn how many commercial property owners routinely appeal their assessed values without providing any supporting documents to the county. The number of commercial and residential property owners who appeal their values account for less than one percent of total property owners, but the paperwork can take three to four months to complete. The proposed bill would allow the county to charge commercial property owners up to $500 to file an appeal to the Board of Equalization.
Paradigm Tax Group is working on preventing the proposed legislation from passing as it is already difficult enough to represent the concerns of property owners in Washington as is without a measure like this to deal with. Not every commercial owner files appeals without support and the due process rights of those that do should not be strained by the actions of those that do not.