Washington Administrative Code
Title 458 - Revenue, Department of
Chapter 458-50 - Intercounty utilities and transportation companies-Assessment and taxation
Section 458-50-070 - Annual assessment - Procedure

Universal Citation: WA Admin Code 458-50-070

Current through Register Vol. 22-07, April 1, 2022

(1) In general. Annually between the fifteenth day of March and the first day of July the department shall proceed to list and value the operating property of each company subject to assessment by the department. The department shall prepare a report summarizing the information, factors and methods used in determining the tentative value of each such company (hereafter called "report of tentative value"). The department shall prepare an assessment roll upon which shall be placed after the name of each company a general description of the operating property of the company described in accordance with RCW 84.12.200(12), following which shall be entered the actual cash value as tentatively determined by the department.

(2) Notice of tentative value. On or before the thirtieth day of June, the department shall notify each company by mail of the tentative valuation entered upon such assessment roll. At the time of making such notification, the department shall also transmit to the company the report of tentative value prepared by the department. Upon written request of a county assessor the department shall also transmit the report of tentative value to such assessor.

(3) Hearings.

(a) In general. Each company may petition the department for a hearing relating to the value of its operating property as tentatively determined by the department and to the value of other taxable properties in the counties in which its operating property is situated. Such petition shall be made in writing and filed with the department within the first ten working days of July. The department shall appoint a time within ten working days following the hearing request time period for the conduct of such hearing, which may be held in such places throughout the state as the department may deem proper or necessary. Notice of the time and place of any or all hearings shall be given to any person upon request.

(b) The hearing shall be conducted by the director or by any employee or agent of the department designated by the director. A record of the proceedings shall be kept and shall be considered a public record. The hearing shall be recorded with a recording device and the recordings shall become a part of the record of the proceedings and considered a part of the public record. All records and documents presented at the hearing shall become a part of the record of the proceeding and shall be considered a part of the public record, except as provided in (c) of this subsection.

(c) The hearing shall be open to the public, except (i) when the company proposes to offer in evidence information relating to its assessment if disclosure of such information to other persons would violate the company's right to privacy or would result in an unfair competitive disadvantage to such company; or (ii) when the department proposes to offer in evidence information which has been obtained pursuant to RCW 84.12.240 if the disclosure of such information to other persons would violate the company's right to privacy or would result in an unfair competitive disadvantage to such company. The hearing at this point shall be closed to the public unless the company consents to the proceeding remaining open to the public.

(d) Testimony recorded, and all records and documents of a confidential nature introduced, during the period when the hearing is closed to the public shall become a part of the record, but shall not be disclosed except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction or upon consent of the company.

(e) Records of the proceedings shall be maintained for a period of seven years following the close of the hearing.

(4) Determination of final value. On or before the twentieth day of August, the department shall make a final determination of the true and correct actual cash value of each company's operating property appearing on the assessment roll. The department may raise or lower the value from that amount tentatively set pursuant to this section: Provided, That failure of a company to request a hearing shall not preclude the department from setting a final value higher or lower than that amount tentatively set pursuant to this section: Provided further, That where a company has not requested a hearing, the department shall not adopt a final value higher than that tentatively set except after giving five days written notice to the company. The department shall notify each company by mail of the final true and correct actual cash value as determined by the department.

Wash. Admin. Code § 458-50-070

Statutory Authority: RCW 84.12.390. 06-05-034, § 458-50-070, filed 2/8/06, effective 3/11/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.12.340 and 84.12.390. 88-15-016 (Order PT 88-10), § 458-50-070, filed 7/11/88; Order PT 75-2, § 458-50-070, filed 3/19/75.

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