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State law requires that County Assessors value all taxable property at 100% of it true and fair market value in terms of money, according to the highest and best use of the property. All real and personal property is subject to tax. Recent sales of comparable properties are used to help set values.
The amount of money that a willing and unobligated buyer is willing to pay a willing unobligated seller.
All taxable property in Grant County is physically inspected at least once every 6 years. The County is on an annual revaluation cycle so all values are subject to change based on the market annually.
File a completed appeal petition with the Grant County Board of Equalization by July 1st of the assessment year or within 30 days of when the change of value notice was mailed. Appeal forms are available from the clerk of the Board of Equalization 509-754-2011, ext. 2931 or at the Assessor's office. To appeal a valuation, you must show with facts where the appraiser for the Assessor's office has erred in the property assessment. A good first step is to contact the appraiser from the assessor's office to discuss your concerns.
No, in fact, it is generally not necessary for an appraiser to view the interior of every home that has been appraised previously. If access is refused, the appraiser must estimate the value of the property using whatever information he or she has available. Typically it is advantageous to the taxpayer to allow interior inspection. (RCW 84.40.025)
Not necessarily, because a single property sale does not establish the market value for surrounding properties.
The differences are due to three factors:
Grant County has 134 different tax rates and is the 3rd most complex taxing structure in the State of Washington.
The regular property tax levy of a taxing district is limited to 101% of the highest levy since 1985, plus amounts attributable to new construction within the boundaries of the district or annexations to the district. This limitation was reduced from the 106% limitation with the I-747 initiative in 2001.
Business machinery, equipment and supplies are fully taxable, and are assessed on personal property. Household goods and personal effects are exempt from the property tax. The personal property tax rate is the same as the real property tax rate.
Behavioral health is a term that covers the full range of mental and emotional well-being – from day-to-day challenges of life to treating mental health and substance use disorders. Services include prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services to people in need with mental health and substance use treatment.
File one copy of completed petition forms to the Board. Submit separate petitions for each parcel. There is no charge for filing an appeal.
Don't miss the filing deadline! Petitions must be received by the Board on or before July 1st of the assessment year, or within 30 calendar days after the date of the value change notice (or other notice of determination) - whichever date is later (WAC 458-14-056(2)). If submitted by mail, petitions must be postmarked by the post office no later than the filing deadline (WAC 458-14-056(4)).
The assessment year is the year before the tax is due. Under very limited conditions, late petitions or appeals for previous assessment years may be accepted (WAC 458-14-056; 458-14-127).
Yes! The Assessor revalues properties each year, which means you must file a new complete petition to protect your appeal rights. It is important to keep in mind that information submitted in a previous year's appeal remains as part of the permanent record for that petition. If you feel the information is still pertinent to the current year's appeal, you may re-submit a copy of this data with your new petition.
One complete, separate petition for each parcel must include the following information:
The Board cannot consider incomplete petitions.
Remember, the issue before the Board is the market value of your property. Accordingly, you will need to furnish evidence that demonstrates that the Assessor's valuation exceeds your property's fair market value. Successful forms of evidence include:
When gathering evidence and formulating arguments, it is important to keep in mind that, by law, the Assessor is presumed to be correct. The burden of proof is on you to show that the Assessor's determination is incorrect. Evidence must be clear, cogent and convincing (WAC 458-14-046(4)).
clear, cogent and convincing
Sales of the subject property and/or comparable properties are the foundation of our State's market value standard. Accordingly, comparable sales typically provide the best indicators of market value (RCW 84.40.030). This is particularly true for residential properties.
The best comparables are sales located in your neighborhood, with similar land and improvement features, which sold closest to the valuation date at issue.
Assistance in finding comparable sales is available in the Assessor's Office, 509-754-2011, ext. 2683. Realtors and title companies may also be resources for comparable sales.
According to State law, the Assessor must base his assessed valuations as of January 1st of each assessment year. For example, if you are appealing a 2018 assessment year valuation, for taxes payable in 2019, the valuation date at issue is January 1, 2018. From a market timing standpoint, the Board gives sales occurring closest to this date most weight (WAC 458-14-087(3)).
Comparable properties do not have to exactly match your property. Look for sales that are most similar, note their differences, and identify superior and inferior property features. This comparison process should enable you to determine whether your property would sell for more than or less than the price paid for each selected sale, leading you to a market value estimate.
For the purposes of filing a complete appeal, as long as your petition includes sufficient information or statements to apprise the Board and the Assessor of the reasons why you believe the Assessor's determination is incorrect, it is not necessary to include all the evidence you intend to use at your hearing. It is required that items 1 through 5 be completed and petition signed prior to acceptance.
While it is recommended that you provide the evidence you will use as early as possible, additional evidence may be submitted up to 21 business days before your hearing (WAC 458-14-056(5)). Additional evidence must be submitted separately for each petition and each page must include the petition number on the top of the page.
The Board schedules hearings on a first come, first served basis. Accordingly, the scheduling of your hearing will depend on the volume of appeals and the timing of your petition filing. You will be notified by mail of your hearing date at least 30 business days in advance. If the date of the hearing conflicts with your schedule, we can reschedule your hearing once if you notify us within 7 business days of the mailing date on your scheduling notice. If necessary and requested, your hearing may be held telephonically.
The hearing is an informal review where property owners may represent themselves without having to pay someone to argue your case. You and the Assessor's representative will have the opportunity to give oral testimony and review your previously submitted arguments and evidence. Each party will have the opportunity to question and rebut the other party's arguments and evidence. Two or three Board Members typically preside over the hearing.
The Board typically allows up to 30 minutes for residential appeals, and 60 minutes for commercial appeals.
The timely submission of evidence by both parties is essential to the fair hearings process. WAC 458-14-066 sets forth the timing requirements for each party, stating:
Valuation information includes:
Decisions are typically mailed within two weeks of the hearing, statute allows 45 days, unless the case has some unusual complexities that need more time to consider (RCW 84.48.010) (WAC 458-14-116(3)).
Either the Appellant or the Assessor may appeal the Board's decision to the State Board of Tax Appeals. An appeal must be filed with the State Board within 30 calendar days of the mailing date of our Board's decision. Appeal forms are available at the Board of Tax Appeals website, or by phone 360-753-5446.
These forms are also available by contacting our office (WAC 458-14-170(1)).
It is important to pay your taxes by the deadline in order to avoid interest and penalties.
If the Board decreases your value, the Assessor's records will be adjusted and the Treasurer's Office will either:
Please visit https://mrscrosters.org/ and sign up to become a member. Here you can select not just Grant Count but any county where your business may be interested in performing work. Grant County utilizes all three rosters on this site, the Public Works, Consultant, & Vendor roster.
It depends, for bids and proposals being let by the "Public Works" department, please look to their page under public works for the listings of any projects they are publishing. For all other public works, the county is statutorily authorized to dispense with this as the county utilizes the MRSC roster for projects valued under $350,000. If you're interested in seeing these projects, please go to the MRSC roster links under the Central Services web page and become a member. By doing this, if and when the county publishes a request for bids, proposals, or qualifications and your business is in the services category we have selected, you will receive the invitation in your email.
The County will, after a bid opening that has been published to the MRSC roster, post the bid opening log sheet, the original bid request document, and any questions/answers during the bidding process on the website.
No, the bond form from your surety will do. As per RCW 36.32.250, the County must find a company bid "Non-Responsive" if it does not contain a "bid bond" in the amount equal to 5% of the proposed bid.
Sometimes, depending on the complexity or some specific issue tied to the project being bid, we may require a mandatory walk-through to ensure the interested bidders understand why something may not be typical and should be considered carefully in their bid. This protects both the bidder and the county from future issues that may create issues for either the county or the bidder. If a bid document states that a walkthrough is "mandatory", any interested bidder must attend at the appointed time and place. The county keeps a record of those who attended the walkthrough. Any firm's bid that is submitted will be deemed Non-Responsive" if the firm did not have a representative at the walkthrough. Grant County typically does not require walkthroughs for most projects,
Yes, as a public agency and as per RCW 39.12 a firm must pay at least the prevailing wage if performing a "public work" with Grant County. If your company is planning on performing "public works" for any public agency, please see the "Contractor Training Page" at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. https://lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/contractors/training-workshops
This page and others you will find while visiting their site contains many resources for a contractor to understand the various requirements for performing public works. These include topics such as certified payroll requirements, contractor training requirements, prevailing wage requirements, retainage, and more.
Cocaine can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected, crack can be smoked.
Short-term effects of cocaine/crack include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety.
Duration of cocaine's immediate euphoric effects, which include energy, reduced fatigue, and mental clarity, depends on how it is used. The faster the absorption, the more intense the high. However, the faster the absorption, the shorter the high lasts. The high from snorting may last 15 to 30 minutes, while that from smoking crack cocaine may last 5 to 10 minutes.
Cocaine's effects are short lived, and once the drug leaves the brain, the user experiences a coke crash that includes depression, irritability, and fatigue.
High doses of cocaine and/or prolonged use can trigger paranoia. Smoking crack cocaine can produce a particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users. When addicted individuals stop using cocaine, they often become depressed. Prolonged cocaine snorting can result in ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose.
Cocaine is distributed on the street in two main forms:
Cocaine is a schedule 2 narcotic.
In accordance with Revised Code of Washington 9.41.070, a CPL will be issued to an eligible person residing in this state within 30 days after the submission of an application. If the applicant does not have a valid Washington state driver’s license or Washington state identification card or has not been a resident of Washington for the previous consecutive 90 days, the CPL will be issued within 60 days after the submission of an application.
Revised Code of Washington 9.41.050 requires you to have a concealed pistol license when:
Yes, you will need to be fingerprinted and a criminal history background check will be conducted before your license is issued.
Yes, the following requirements must be met:
The legal forms available from the County Clerk 's Office are those required for filing domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Some legal forms are available from office supply or book stores and from various public legal services agencies. Forms to waive the filing fee - In Forma Pauperis - are only available from the County Clerk's Office (only applies to some cases).
Washington pattern forms are required for filing in any family law case such as dissolution of marriage (divorce), child custody, modification of support, paternity, etc. You may obtain the forms in the following ways:
Court records are maintained by the clerk of each separate court. A court can only address requests made concerning records of cases filed in that court. If you were charged with crimes in several different courts, you will need to make your request to each separate court.
Copies of non-confidential court documents may be obtained by mail, in person or email from the County Clerk. Payments may be made in cash, cashier’s check, law firm check, money order, personal check, or debit/credit card. Please make your check payable to Grant County Clerk.
An additional resource for obtaining copies using a credit/debit card can be found at ClerkePass.
Clerk's Office Fee Schedule (PDF)
Whether a court record of conviction may be vacated, sealed, or destroyed depends upon the type of conviction (felony or misdemeanor), and the court where the conviction was obtained (juvenile or adult).
Forms requesting that the court vacate your misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor conviction may be obtained from Washington Courts website.
Forms requesting that the court vacate your non-violent felony convictions may be obtained from Washington Law Help.
Grant County Clerk’s Office staff provides information, not legal advice.
Northwest Justice Project can be a helpful resource for finding free or low cost legal services.
Whether or not you have a court order, if you are being harassed, threatened, or assaulted, call 911 or your local police!
Grant County Clerk’s Office staff provides information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you may wish to call the Lawyer Referral Program of the Washington State Bar Association, at 206-727-8200, for the name of an attorney practicing in this area.
The County Clerk must keep all court records for the Superior Court. They are classified into the following case types:
Every person who shall willfully and unlawfully remove, alter, mutilate, destroy, conceal or obliterate a record, map, book, paper, document, or other thing filed or deposited in a public office, or with any public officer, by authority of the law shall be punished by imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both.
Records are sealed, inspection only on court order.
Protection of participants. Proceedings under this chapter are subject to other laws of this state governing the health, safety, privacy, and liberty of a child or other individuals that could be jeopardized by disclosure of identifying information, including the address, telephone number, place of employment, social security number, and the child's day-care facility and school.
Under the statute all papers and other records are confidential except the judgment of paternity itself, the judgment is a matter of public record. Only parties of record and attorney of record can access the paternity file by providing valid identification to staff. Over the telephone, clerk staff can only verify if a judgment exists and provide the judgment number.
Under the statute all papers and other records are confidential and only open to the patient and the patient's attorney of record by providing valid identification to staff. The existence of any case to the public is not allowed.
Under the statute all papers and other records are confidential and only open to the dependent, the dependent's parents (except not to a parent whose parental rights have been terminated) or to the dependent's or parent's attorney of record (except not when the parent's parental rights have been terminated), a court appointed guardian Ad Litem, and the attorney general. The dependency hearings are open to the public unless otherwise determined by the judicial officer. Any appointed guardian has access to the order appointing them guardian only. In summary, if the parental rights have been terminated by the court the file is no longer accessible by those parties to the action.
Juvenile offender cases filed prior to July 1, 1978 are all confidential, available only to the juvenile, the juvenile's parents (except not to a parent whose parental rights have been terminated through a separate dependency filing), the attorney of record, and the prosecutor. Juvenile offender cases filed on or after July 1, 1978 are public records.
No, Grant County needs the signed application and fee before assigning an address.
No, Grant County code (PDF) specifies a grid system for addressing.
Not usually. Per Grant County code (PDF), some exceptions may be allowed.
No. Package delivery companies, GPS navigation systems, and internet maps get their address information from a variety of sources. It is the responsibility of each company to include Grant County as a source for site addresses, and the company should check for updates regularly. The Grant County address data is available for free to anyone who asks for it through a Public Records request.
You may want to personally update some of the services that provide or use address data. The list below contains suggestions only, and may be incomplete - report map errors to:
See the Visitation page for more information.
Possibly, by contacting the Grant County Jail you can request a phone block be installed. Keep in mind that once your phone block has been added it will not be removed.
Funds may be deposited on inmate accounts by:
Paperback books and magazines can only be accepted through the mail and only if mailed directly from the publisher or bookstore. Publications containing lewd or violent material will not be given to the inmate, but will be placed in their property.
The only items we will accept at the front window are:
Release date information will not be given to the public. If the inmate wishes you to know their scheduled release date, they must tell you in person, by phone, or by mail.
Corrections personnel will pass on phone numbers for the inmate to call in the first 24 hours of custody. After 24 hours, the only messages passed will be in the case of a verifiable medical emergency or death. Inmates have access to phones which call collect only. If you have a block on your phone preventing collect calls, the inmate will not be able to contact you.
Yes, provided the sentencing court has authorized you to do your time out of county. All out of county commitments will be charged a $70 a day fee by the Grant County Jail. All fees must be paid in full at the time you start your commitment.
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Inhalants can be breathed in through the nose or mouth in a variety of ways, such as sniffing or snorting fumes from a container, spraying aerosols directly into the nose or mouth, or placing an inhalant-soaked rag in the mouth known as huffing. Users may also inhale fumes from a balloon or a plastic or paper bag that contains an inhalant.
The intoxication produced by inhalants usually lasts just a few minutes; therefore, users often try to extend the high by continuing to inhale repeatedly over several hours.
The effects of inhalants are similar to those of alcohol, including slurred speech, lack of coordination, euphoria, and dizziness. Inhalant abusers may also experience lightheadedness, hallucinations, and delusions. With repeated inhalations, many users feel less inhibited and less in control. Some may feel drowsy for several hours and experience a lingering headache. Chemicals found in different types of inhaled products may produce a variety of additional effects, such as confusion, nausea, or vomiting.
By displacing air in the lungs, inhalants deprive the body of oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia. Hypoxia can damage cells throughout the body, but the cells of the brain are especially sensitive to it. The symptoms of brain hypoxia vary according to which regions of the brain are affected: the hippocampus, for example, helps control memory, so someone who repeatedly uses inhalants may lose the ability to learn new things or may have a hard time carrying on simple conversations.
Long-term inhalant abuse can also break down myelin, a fatty tissue that surrounds and protects some nerve fibers. Myelin helps nerve fibers carry their messages quickly and efficiently, and when damaged can lead to muscle spasms and tremors or even permanent difficulty with basic actions like walking, bending, and talking.
Although not very common, addiction to inhalants can occur with repeated abuse. According to the 2006 Treatment Episode Dataset, inhalants were reported as the primary substance abused by less than 0.1% of all individuals admitted to substance abuse treatment. However, of those individuals who reported inhalants as their primary, secondary, or tertiary drug of abuse, nearly half were adolescents aged 12 to 17. This age group represents only 8% of total admissions to treatment.
Sniffing highly concentrated amounts of the chemicals in solvents or aerosol sprays can directly induce heart failure and death within minutes of a session of repeated inhalations. This syndrome, known as sudden sniffing death, can result from a single session of inhalant use by an otherwise healthy young person. Sudden sniffing death is particularly associated with the abuse of butane, propane, and chemicals in aerosols.
High concentrations of inhalants may also cause death from suffocation by displacing oxygen in the lungs, causing the user to lose consciousness and stop breathing. Deliberately inhaling from a paper or plastic bag or in a closed area greatly increases the chances of suffocation. Even when using aerosols or volatile products for their legitimate purposes it is wise to do so in a well-ventilated room or outdoors.
Marijuana possession is illegal in Washington. The medical marijuana law, Chapter 69.51A RCW, provides an affirmative defense for qualified patients and designated caregivers. People who qualify have a valid reason to possess a 60 day supply of marijuana. They may use that reason to defend against a legal action taken under Washington law. However, medical marijuana is not legal under federal law. There is no affirmative defense for people who are arrested or charged under federal law.
No, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana. The guidelines do not legalize medical marijuana. The president directed federal prosecutors to consider appropriate medical use when making criminal charging decisions. The guidelines only provide direction for prosecutors when reviewing medical marijuana cases. The guidelines do not change the laws in Washington State.
Talk to your doctor. The law includes a very specific list of qualifying conditions per Revised Code of Washington 69.51A.010 you must have before a doctor can recommend medical marijuana. In addition to those conditions in the law, chronic renal failure was added by petition in 2010.
Medically, they are prescribed as analgesics, to treat pain. When abused, they are swallowed or injected.
Medically, barbiturates are prescribed for acute anxiety, tension and sleep disorders. Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, acute stress reactions, and panic attacks. When abused, they are swallowed or injected.
Tablets and capsules.
Multi-colored tablets and capsules, some can be in liquid form.
Taken exactly as prescribed, pain relievers can manage pain effectively. But chronic use or abuse of opioids can result in physical dependence and addiction. Dependence means that the body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced or stopped.
Symptoms of withdrawal include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes with goose bumps. Tolerance to the drugs' effects also occurs with long-term use, so users must take higher doses to achieve the same or similar effects as experienced initially. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use.
Continued use can lead to physical dependence and - when use is reduced or stopped abruptly- withdrawal symptoms may occur. Because all Prescription sedatives and tranquilizers work by slowing the brain's activity, when an individual stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. Tolerance to the drug's effects can also occur, meaning that larger doses are needed to achieve similar effects as those experienced initially. This may lead users to take higher doses and risk the occurrence of an overdose.
Addiction can also occur, meaning that users continue to take these drugs despite their harmful consequences.
Relief from pain. In some people, prescription pain relievers also cause euphoria or feelings of well being by affecting the brain regions that mediate pleasure. This is why they are abused. Other effects include drowsiness, constipation and slowed breathing.
Taking a large single dose of prescription pain relievers can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. Use of prescription pain relievers with other substances that depress the central nervous system, such as alcohol, antihistamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, or general anesthetics, increases the risk of life-threatening respiratory depression.
Prescription sedatives and tranquilizers can cause euphoria. They also slow normal brain function, which may result in slurred speech, shallow breathing, sluggishness, fatigue, disorientation and lack of coordination or dilated pupils. During the first few days of taking a prescribed sedative or tranquilizer, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated, but as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear.
Higher doses cause impairment of memory, judgment and coordination, irritability, paranoid and suicidal ideation. Some people experience a paradoxical reaction to these drugs and can become agitated or aggressive. Using Prescription sedatives and tranquilizers with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing or slow both the heart and respiration, and possibly lead to death.
An approach permit is a permit that allows a property owner to construct an approach from their property onto a County road.
A property owner who is developing his/her property or their Contractor may ask for an approach permit.
The process is as follows:
The inspector with guidance from the County Engineer as necessary make this decision. The County Engineer has statutory authority over this process.
The process can take up to 3 weeks but normally takes 1 week. Please be advised that Approach Permits are government applications and the form must be completely filled out in ink and legible. These documents are available via Public Information Requests.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Incomplete applications are not retained.
A franchise agreement is an agreement between Grant County and a property owner or utility company that allows the installation of a utility (i.e. waterline or power line, etc.) inside a County right-of-way.
Typically a utility company or a property owner who wants to install a private water, private electrical, private sewer line, etc., over or along a Grant County road, will ask.
The Board of County Commissioners decides this, after a public hearing on the request.
The process generally takes 60 days.
The cost is $150. Please make checks out to the Grant County Board of Commissioners.
In 1951, the State legislature established the RID method of improving Public Works and streets. It used as a model the LID law, which has been used by the cities for street, water and sewer improvement for years. It has had many changes since 1951, and is now Chapter 36.88 of the Revised Code of Washington. Briefly, the RID statutes provide for the payment of an improvement by assessing the lots, tracts, or parcels specially benefited.
RIDs can be used by any county for the improvement of a county road, bridge, street lighting, or road drainage facility.
An RID may be initiated by Grant County in a Resolution of The Board of County Commissioners or by petition of the property owners of the area specially benefited by the public work proposed for improvement. In order for the petition to be considered, the total property represented by owner’s signatures on the petition must have both a majority of the acreage within the proposed RID boundaries and a majority of the front footage measured along both sides of all the Public Works proposed for improvement.
The Board of County Commissioners upon receiving a petition with sufficient owner signatures must hold a preliminary hearing. Notice of which must be published at least twice in a newspaper of general circulation and notice of which must be mailed to each property owner at least 15 days prior to the hearing. Signatures may be added to or withdrawn from the petition by contacting the County Public Works Department prior to 5 pm of the last working day before the hearing. After the hearing, the Board of County Commissioners may proceed to create the RID and order the improvement.
Each RID shall include as nearly as possible all the property specially benefited by the proposed improvement. This includes ownership served by easements from the improved Public Works unless the ownerships have demonstrated use of another easement as principal access. However, ownerships abutting the improved Public Works will be considered as specially benefited even if served by another easement.
The construction cost estimate is prepared by the Engineering Division after a field review. The design and/or scope of the project may not be changed such that the cost is increased more that 10% over that stated in the notice for the original formation hearing held before the Board of County Commissioners. The only exception to allowing a greater than 10% change is to have a second formation notice and hearing.
If road right-of-way (public road property or easement) is needed, the cost to buy or otherwise acquire this property will also be included in the total estimated cost. After the formation of the RID, the County will request donation of any required road right-of-way. If right-of-way is donated the final cost of the assessments will be reduced by the amount saved. If 100% of the required right-of-way has not been donated by a set deadline, all deeds will be returned and the County will negotiate settlements for all required right-of-way.
If it is not possible to reach an agreement with a particular owner and it is necessary to acquire the right-of-way to proceed with the improvement the County may institute condemnation proceedings against the owner. The condemnation costs are also borne by the district.
The Board shall use the method of assessment deemed most practical and equitable under the conditions prevailing.
Typically, these are:
This question is not easily answered as the Board sets the method of assessment and the Engineering Division recommends that lot method in cases where the majority of ownerships are of equal, or approximately equal size. The acreage or zone and termini methods are recommended when the ownership are all of variable sizes.
The Engineering Division has the policy of making the preliminary cost estimates along with a proposed cost distribution method early, so they can be circulated with the petition.
The Board also determines the number of years permitted for payment of the assessment. The assessment may be paid in full within 30 days without penalty or it may be repaid over the determined period at an interest rate set by the Board.
The assessment is in a second lien position after property taxes and is not an increase in the property taxes themselves. The improvement may cause sales in the area to be higher than before the improvement, but it is difficult to ascertain what fraction of this increase is attributable directly to the improved road. Of course, as assessed valuations are based on representative sales, property taxes could eventually increase.
After the district has been created and all necessary road right-of-way has been obtained, the County may proceed with the improvement. If considerable design work is necessary, construction may be delayed for a season to allow time for the surveys and engineering. Only after all the project costs are in can the final assessment be determined. A second hearing, with notification similar to the preliminary hearing, at which the Board will sit as a Board of Equalization will determine the final assessment and certify these to the Treasurer for collection.
Before you make any payment, you should wait until after the second hearing and until you receive a notice from the Treasurer of the actual amount of your assessment.
Under the provisions of the Revised Code of Washington 36.88, all costs may be assessed to the property owners within the RID boundaries. However, the County may participate, if the RID is to improve an existing public county road, not private.
Private public works may be improved under the RID statutes provided that it is done for the sole purpose of incorporating the road in the County road system.
It is possible that someone in the County may tell you he/she is for or against a particular RID. This should be taken as a personal opinion and not as County policy, for the County must be careful to maintain a neutral position on all RIDs until they are formed. This means that the County cannot properly solicit RIDs, nor can they inhibit their formation.
It is important to understand that the County can be of assistance in circulating the petition, but the mailings and “leg work” involved in formation must be largely done by the petitioners.
The Public Works Department handles RID processing as well as design and administration of most of the improvement. This is done at the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, which has the ultimate authority.
The County Engineer will assist you in the preparation of the petition and the necessary maps and exhibits for the formation of the district and will relay information to and from various departments related to the RID. If you have any additional questions, please contact Public Works.
Right-of-way is a blanket term used to describe the area owned or held in easement by Grant County for maintaining road surfaces, ditches, sidewalks and paths. The standard is 60 feet, although some roads may have more or less, and in some cases may vary greatly over a short distance.
The right-of-way is in thousands of paper documents in files and in different locations. Sometimes research has to been done in archives online or in Douglas County. As such, it can sometimes be time consuming and require several days. To expedite this process, Public Works has developed a request form (PDF) to help you put in a request to our office. You may email this document to the Roads Information Tech. You may mail the form or drop it by the Public Works Office at:124 Enterprise Street SEEphrata, WA 98823
There is no cost for this research. We will email back scanned documents if an e-mail address is provided. If you pick up documents at the counter, there is a $0.10 per page fee.
A road or right-of-way vacation is governed by R.C.W. 36.87. It is a process where land owners can have the public's interest in roads or right-of-ways removed.
Although the right of way may have been vacated, the rights and interests of private individuals and utility companies may still encumber the road or right-of-way. These private individuals typically live about the road or right- of-way that is vacated, and historically have used these roads for access, or own land in the same plat.
Similarly utility easements may also still encumber the areas vacated. What is given up in the vacation process is only the right of the general public to use the vacated road or right-of-way.
Generally the person who wants the road or right-of-way which abuts their property vacated will be the "Principal Petitioner". Any other neighbors who want the same road or right-of-way which abuts their property vacated under the same petition can sign the petition as "Co-Petitioners".
The Grant County Board of Commissioners is empowered with deciding if a road or right-of-way will be vacated. The Commissioners rely on recommendations from the County Engineer and on testimony at a public hearing which must be held before a road can be vacated. They are responsible for protecting the general public's interest and the vacation is at their discretion. A favorable recommendation from the County Engineer and no opposition to the vacation at the public hearing are helpful in obtaining the vacation.
When the road has been vacated by operation of law, or statute, the Board of Commissioners generally adopts a resolution recognizing the statutory vacation so as to remove clouds on title.
It usually takes four to six weeks before the public hearing can be set. This can be done only after the petition is returned, with the proper signatures, to the Department of Public Works for processing. If the vacation is done by resolution the time and date of the hearing must be posted on the area to be vacated and it also must be published in the public notice section of the official county newspaper.
The basic petitioning fee is $125.
Work in the right-of-way of County roads requires a permit from Grant County Public Works per RCW 36.75.020 and 050. Contact Grant County Public Works if you are not sure whether a street or road is under County or City jurisdiction.
The right-of-way is more difficult to identify on unimproved roads or streets, (i.e. no curb and/or sidewalk), please call Public Works to confirm the location of the right-of-way.
Permits for simple sidewalk and/or driveway approach work can be obtained through the Public Works Department by using an approach permit.
Permits for placing utility lines, street construction or performing similar work must be obtained through Public Works.
Yes, you may use Simplifile or Corporation Service Company (CSC). Please note that CSC does not record anything that needs to be presented to the Treasurer's Office.
Original birth and death records after 1907 are maintained by the Regional Health District, Vital Statistics Office at 509-766-7960.
No, we do not provide blank documents or forms.
The recording office records Real Estate documents, liens, military discharges, maps and surveys. Copies of these documents are available for a fee. We also issue marriage licenses.
Please contact the Clerks Office at 509-754-2011, ext. 2864.
Yes, the recording department will record the national form with the standard document fee of $103.50 for the first page and a $1 for each additional page.
Recording Fee Schedule (PDF)
First Page …………………………………………………………………………….. $203.50Each Additional Page …………………………………………………………………..... $1.00
1st Page …………………………………………………………………………….. $204.50 Each Additional Page ……………………………………………………………….... $1.00
First Title (Except listed exceptions).……………………………………………… $203.50 Each Additional Transaction Title …………………………………………………. $203.50 Each Additional Page ……………………………………………………………….... $1.00
Federal Liens and Releases……………………………………………...…………. $16.00 Assignment of Deed of Trust……………………………………………..……....…. $18.00 Appointment/Substitution of Trustee…………………………………….……….… $18.00 Wage Liens and Releases………………………………………………..…….…… $18.00 Water-Sewer District Liens and Releases…………………………………….…… $18.00 Employment Security Liens and Releases………………………………….…….. $36.00 Death Certificates……………………………………………………………….……. $39.00 Marriage Dissolution Decree………………………………………………….…….. $39.00 State, County & City Liens and Releases……………………………...….………. $39.00 Each Additional Page ……………………………………………….....….….…….… $1.00
Signed Coversheet required and $50.00 fee in addition to normal recording fees.
1st Page ……………………………………………………………………….…..... $287.50Each Additional Page …………………………………………………………….…....... $5.00
Marriage License ………………………………………………………….....……… $59.00 Process Server …………………………………………………………….………… $14.00 Process Server license must be renewed YEARLY
Certified Copy 1st Page …………………………………………………………….... $3.00 Regular Copy 1st Page ……………………………………………………………….. $1.00 Each Additional Page …………………………………………………………………. $1.00 Map Copy 1st Page ………………………………………………………………….... $5.00 Each Additional Page ………………………………………………………………..... $3.00 Search of Records (Per Hour – 1-hour minimum) ………………………………..... $8.00 Conformed Copies (Copy supplied by customer)..……………………………..…... $0.50
A Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a combination of planning and regulatory documents. SMP documents carry out the policies of the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) on local shorelines. Local governments are required to prepare SMPs based on the state laws and rules. It is prepared to implement the SMA to prevent harm caused by uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the State's shoreline. Local SMPs are tailored to local geographic and environmental conditions, and existing and future planned development patterns within the shoreline.
harm caused by uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the State's shoreline
The SMP update process balances and integrates objectives and interests of local citizens. Key principles of the SMP include striking a balance among environmental protection, public access and water-oriented uses, and achieving No Net Loss of ecological functions.
No Net Loss
The Shoreline Master Program update process includes preparation of planning, policy and regulatory documents to comply with the State law. It includes the following steps:
The entire Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update process needs to be coordinated with local citizens and interest groups in order to receive input. An SMP and its regulations may impact shoreline uses and properties. Therefore, it is encouraged that property owners and citizens participate in this process to voice their opinion about the future of their shoreline.
Under the provisions of new Shoreline Master Program (SMP), existing single-family homes are grandfathered. New developments seeking to receive permit after the adoption of the SMP will have to comply with the new program and regulations.
The new environmental protection standard for updated shoreline master programs is no-net-loss of shoreline ecological functions. While restoration of degraded areas is encouraged, this does not mean all shoreline areas are required to be made pristine or returned to pre-settlement conditions. Local governments are required to inventory current shoreline conditions, including identifying existing ecological processes and functions that influence physical and biological conditions.
no-net-loss of shoreline ecological functions
When a shoreline program is adopted, existing ecological conditions on the ground must be protected while development of shoreline areas is continued in accordance with adopted regulations. This is accomplished by avoiding or minimizing the introduction of impacts to ecological functions that result from new shoreline development.
The Grant County Veterans Assistance Program is administered by the Grant County Veterans Service Coordinator (GCVSC) - this is NOT a Service Officer. The GCVSC is responsible for providing Veterans in need with temporary, emergency assistance. Additionally, the GCVSC will assist nationally recognized Veteran organizations (American Legion, VFW, AMVETs, etc.) with providing similar assistance. These organizations have trained staff on duty to assist Veterans with the program. The GCVSC will assist Veterans in need with assistance. The GCVSC will also refer Veterans in need of assistance to other agencies that may be able to assist.
Funding for the Grant County Veterans Assistance Program comes from the Citizens of Grant County through their property taxes. Anyone who owns or rents property in the county contributes to the program, including many veterans who have or will use it. It is not charity. It is assistance to veterans in need of recognition of the service they rendered to their country when it needed them.
A veteran, widow/widower of a veteran, or a dependent of a veteran is eligible for assistance provided the individual meets the following requirements:
Typically, a DD Form-214 (DD-214) proof of Honorable or General discharge under honorable conditions, a Veteran’s Administration registration card or other military id may be used. Assistance may be provided to help the veteran attain the proper identification.
You can contact the Grant County Veteran Services Coordinator by phone at (509) 754-2011, extension 2931 or by email at [email protected].. You can also be referred from any local, national recognized, veterans service organization.