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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.
The 10th of the following month.
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.
Typically - no. The hearings are scheduled months in advance to ensure all parties have ample time to prepare. Unless there is a justifiable emergency, the Board does not reschedule for convenience or more time. The Board is reviewing all evidence submitted prior to the hearing by both parties (the petitioner and the Assessor's Office) - the hearing is only to provide any additional oral testimony and to discuss the issue. Neither party is required to attend.
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:
The clerk of each separate court maintains court records. 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.
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! Information about filing for protection orders is available on the Clerk's home page under Protection Orders.
Grant County Clerk’s Office staff provides information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.
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.
The portal process is only available for a new single-family residences submittal package at this time
To submit a permit application package for a manufactured home, additions, remodels, modular homes, or other applications you may apply in person during our lobby hours, M-F 8 am - 4 pm or mail your submittal package to PO Box 37, Ephrata Wa 98823.
If you have questions or concerns after reading the steps below, please contact our office before starting an online submission (509)754-2011 ext. 3001.
Make sure you meet all of the following online submittal requirements:
If you have met the above requirements and have spoken with us to answer any questions and/or address any concerns you may have, you are now ready to begin the online submittal process.
WELCOME TO THE PORTAL
A few more details to be aware of…
Once we have received your portal submittal, we will review the documents and plans for completeness.
If the submittal is NOT complete, we will contact you to provide the deficient information within a set deadline. If the information is not received by the provided deadline, we will cancel the submittal and refund any deposit paid.
If the submittal is complete, the submittal will be routed to all departments for plan review. After the departments have signed off on the plan review, we will notify you by email your permit application package is approved and ready for issuance. The email will provide you with instructions on how to pay and print the approved on-site permit package. You are responsible to print all approved documents and plans in color and have available to the inspector at the project site. Many of these documents will need to be printed 24" x 36" in size.
Since January 1, 2009, Building Permits issued under non-enforcement circumstances have been issued for a term of 3 years. All work and inspections must be completed within 3 years from the date of issuance. Any work or inspections pending after 3 years will require an additional finish permit. The Finish permit project review will be based on codes current at the time of new issuance for work uninspected and unapproved. Fees to finish will also be based on an adjusted amount per the current fee schedule for the amount of work not previously inspected.
Please download to view or print the handout. Required or Exempt Permits (PDF)
Previously, many traffic and criminal charges were crimes. The Legislature has decriminalized many traffic, parks, wildlife, and fisheries offenses. These offenses are now called infractions and are civil cases.
Start by reading the entire backside of your notice of infraction (ticket). If you follow the instructions, you can’t go wrong! You should note that you must respond within thirty (30) days of the date the ticket was issued. An infraction is not a crime, but failure to respond can result in the suspension of your driving privilege. You can respond by either mailing the ticket to the Court or by bringing it in person to the District Court office. Select one of the boxes on the ticket and verify your address. If you select box one (1) you are electing to pay the amount of the penalty as shown on the front of the ticket.
Suitable attire is required. Shoes and shirts are necessary. Halter-tops, tank tops, and shorts are not permitted. Hats are to be removed upon entering the courtroom. No smoking, food, or drink will be allowed. Children under 12 may not be present in the courtroom. The Court does not provide childcare. Upon your arrival, find your name on the calendar outside the courtroom and then have a seat in the courtroom until the session convenes. You do not need to check in with the Clerk unless your name is NOT on the list. When your case is called, come forward and stand behind one of the counsel tables until instructed otherwise by the Judge.
A mitigation hearing is where you admit you committed the violation but wish to explain the circumstances of the infraction. To request a mitigation hearing, you should check box two (2). The Judge, depending on the explanation and your record, may adjust the penalty. However, the Judge will not dismiss your ticket. As the Court is required to forward all committed traffic tickets to the Department of Licensing, it will appear on your driving record.
If you believe you did not commit the violation, then you should select box three (3) and have a contested hearing. You have a right to subpoena witnesses, including the officer who issued the infraction. If you wish to subpoena a witness, you must bring your completed subpoena form to the Court for signature at least 10 days prior to the hearing date. You are responsible for having the subpoena served properly and this must be done at least 7 days prior to the hearing. You have a right to request from the prosecutor a witness list and a copy of the citing officers sworn statement if it will be offered as evidence at the hearing You must make this request at least 14 days prior to the hearing and the witness list and citing officer’s sworn statement should be given to you at least 7 days prior to the hearing. As a result of a contested hearing, the penalty may stay the same, be reduced or the ticket dismissed. In the event you have subpoenaed witnesses you may be required to pay court costs. A contested infraction hearing is a civil case and the Judge will decide upon a preponderance of the evidence.
You may, at your own expense, have a lawyer appear and represent you at your hearing. If you are to be represented by counsel, the lawyer is required to file a notice of appearance with the Court, and the appropriate prosecutor, prior to the hearing date. A separate hearing is held when lawyers are involved, and it is necessary to have sufficient notice for scheduling.
Yes. If you request a mitigation or contested hearing, RCW 46.63.070(5)(a)(b) allows the court to defer the findings for up to one year and impose conditions and administrative costs. Attendance at traffic school may be required. You may have one deferral within a seven-year period for moving violations and one within a seven-year period for nonmoving violations.
Once you receive your notice of hearing, you may, if you wish, request for your hearing to be done by mail. You must complete a sworn affidavit (forms are available at the District Court office). The affidavit must be received by 4:30pm the business day before the scheduled hearing, or it will NOT be considered, and YOU MUST APPEAR ON THE SCHEDULED HEARING DATE. If your affidavit is received timely, your hearing will be canceled and the Court will respond by mail with its findings within three weeks. By requesting your matter to be heard by mail, you give up any right to appeal.
When you pay the penalty, mitigate, or if the Judge finds that you have committed a traffic infraction at a contested hearing, the state law requires that the infraction be reported to the Department of Licensing. The infraction will then appear on your driving record. Neither the Court Clerk, nor the Judge, has the authority to keep it off your record. If you win at a contested hearing and the infraction is dismissed, it is not reported to the Department of Licensing and will not appear on your driving record.
A failure to pay or respond to the ticket within 15 days results in an order that the infraction was committed. If you asked for a hearing and do not appear, your payment is due immediately. When an infraction is not paid in a timely manner or a hearing is missed, a $52.00 late penalty is added to the amount shown on the ticket. Your license may then be suspended if the entire amount due is not paid. Your account may be assigned to a collection agency.
If you receive a ticket for no insurance and you had insurance at the time of the ticket, you may file proof of insurance with the Court Clerk. The infraction will be dismissed upon payment of the $25.00 Mandatory Insurance Cost. If you obtained insurance after you were given the ticket, you may request a mitigation hearing (box 2) to explain the circumstances and show your policy to the Judge. HOWEVER, YOU MUST DO EITHER WITHIN THE 30-DAY RESPONSE TIME.
If you do not win at a contested hearing, you have the right to appeal to the Superior Court of Grant County. The notice of appeal must be filed within 30 days of the judgment. There will be various appeal costs, payable in advance. Complete appeal instructions are available at the District Court Office.
Your name was selected at random from voter registration and driver’s license and “identicard” records. Your answers to the juror questionnaire were evaluated to make sure you were eligible for jury service.
To be eligible, you must be
If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have had your civil rights restored.
In Grant County District Court you will be hearing testimony and receiving evidence from misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases such as DUI, theft, assault, driving while suspended, disorderly conduct, etc., as well as civil cases not exceeding $50,000. More serious felony cases such as robbery or homicide are handled in Superior Court.
The judge will tell you about the case and will introduce the lawyers. Following explanations and taking of the oath, the judge and the lawyers will question you, and other members of the panel to determine if you are impartial. This process is called “VOIR DIRE”, a phrase meaning to “speak the truth”. Some of the questions may seem very personal; the lawyers are not trying to embarrass you but are trying to make sure you do not have opinions or past experiences which might prevent you from making an impartial decision.
At the conclusion of the questioning, the lawyers will challenge jurors in order to reach the final six persons. Once selected, the jury will be provided with an opportunity to call their homes or offices prior to the start of the trial.
Jurors are excused for several reasons and the lawyers rarely tell you why. Don’t be upset if you are excused or challenged, it is nothing against you personally. Just enjoy the freedom to leave when excused.
The usual order of events in District Court follows the steps below:
After your jury service is completed, Grant County will pay you $10.00 for each day you serve, as well as mileage for traveling to and from the courthouse if you must travel from a town other than the one in which you reside. You should expect payment within 30 days from the end of your jury term. Again, thank you for your participation.
Additional information about Jury Service in Washington State may be found at the Washington Courts Jury Service page.
nCourt is a government services technology company that through arrangements with county and municipal courts assists people to find and pay traffic citations online with a credit or debit card. We have been in operation since 2002 and have safely processed millions of dollars in court payments.
Many courts take up to a week to enter citations into the database. If you have only recently received the citation, you may wish to wait a few days and search again. If you are still unable to locate your citation, please call 800-701-8560 and our customer service team will assist you.
If you are unsure of the fine please contact the court or our customer service team at 800-701-8560.
The 'process fee' is the nCourt cost for online or over-the-phone payments. This fee covers the cost of building and maintaining the website, our customer service team, credit card fees, and the technical and payment interface with the court system.
Once the payment is authorized, the court is instantly notified. Payments made after business hours are processed the next business day.
If there is no fine amount listed you need to contact the court or our customer service team at 800- 701-8560.
Courts have the discretion to add late fees, bench warrant fees, or other penalties when violators fail to pay or appear on their court date. In some cases they are added to the total due and payable online while in other situations, the court mandates you appear in court.
Typically, the court notifies your state Driver Services Department to suspend your driver's license and may issue a Bench Warrant for your arrest. There may also be additional fees assessed for nonpayment.
Yes, by paying online you are pleading guilty to the charges indicated on your citation just as if you had appeared on your court date and provided a signature and payment in person. In addition to your acknowledging your guilt and willingness to pay the fine, you are also agreeing to the notation of the violation on your driver's record.
nCourt is a VeriSign site and takes information and payment security extremely seriously. Your information is secured using a Secure Socket Layer(SSL) connection.
This case is one of possibly many cases that are ready to go to trial. Normally only one case will go to trial each week. Witnesses need to be prepared to testify at trial as per their subpoenas. Contact our office for more information.
This case is going to be tried this week. Witnesses are needed to testify. Contact our office for more information as to the general time when you will need to appear.
The defendant has changed his/her plea from not guilty to guilty. Witnesses are no longer needed in this case. The only outstanding issues in the case may be sentencing and/or restitution.
The case has been continued to the trial start date indicated. A readiness hearing will be held 2 days prior (usually on Mondays, except during holiday weeks.) Witnesses are still needed and should check back with the prosecutor's office after the readiness hearing date to see whether the case is proceeding to trial that week or not.
The trial date has been cancelled. Witnesses may still be needed in the future. Please contact our office for more information.
The defendant did not appear, and a warrant was issued for his/her arrest. Witnesses are still needed on this case. New subpoenas will be issued once the defendant is brought in on the warrant and a new trial date is set.
The case has been dismissed and there will be no further proceedings in this case. Witnesses are no longer needed.
Dismissed with the potential for the case to be re-filed by the prosecutor at a later date. Witnesses are currently no longer needed.
Paint, Construction Debris, Tires, Cardboard, Dead Animals, Demolition Debris, Petroleum Products, Asphalt, Plastic, Metals, treated wood, and paper.
The only approved item that you may burn outdoors is natural vegetation (Residential yard waste like weeds or leaves).
You may only burn one 4' X 4' X 3' pile at a time.
NO. Burn barrels are and have been illegal in Washington State since 2000. There are many fires, whether it be wildland or structural, that starts every year in the Grant County Area as a direct result of burning in a burn barrel. Ultimately, you could be held criminally and civilly liable for any damage done by a fire resulting from a burn barrel.
Residential Burning means the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, pruning, and other yard and gardening refuse that originate on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and is burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee.
Yes. Although restrictions and possibly permits may apply in order for you to conduct one. You are encouraged to contact the Washington State Department of Ecology for more information.
Land Clearing burning means the outdoor burning of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects (i.e. projects that clear the land surface so it can be developed, used for a different purpose, or left unused).
On January 1, 2007, the Washington Clean Air Act banned ALL burning in Urban Growth areas.
You are also not allowed to have any type of burn within 50 feet of a structure. Additionally, no residential burns are allowed within 500 feet of forest slash.
This includes all incorporated city limits within Grant County. There are several areas within the Fire District boundaries as well, please contact (509) 765-3175 for further burn questions and to inform us of your scheduled burning.
Grant County Map: Urban Growth Areas
NO. Residential and Land clearing burns at night are prohibited. These burns are often seen by citizens passing by and are reported to the 9-1-1 dispatch center. Ultimately, fire units are then dispatched to your residential or land clearing burn even though you may have it under control.
If the smoke from your residential or land clearing burn is impacting your neighbors you must extinguish it immediately. Therefore it is important to choose your burn day carefully, taking into account the winds and temperatures. This will not only help in not impacting your neighbors but will keep your fire safe and will lessen the chances of it escaping from your control.
Burning is not always the best option. You may also consider turning the yard waste into compost or having it chipped and hauled away by your local garbage disposal company.
A permit is required before you can conduct an agricultural burn. An agricultural burn is a burn of orchard trees (if the orchard will be replanted) open fields or harvest debris.
Every day there is a decision made if agricultural burning will be allowed. You can call 509-329-3400 for the daily burn decision or visit the Washington State Department of Ecology's burn decision page.
Always call before you burn. Advise the MACC 9-1-1 dispatch center at 762-1160 and within our Fire District 765-3175.
Never leave your fire unattended. If there is enough wind to significantly affect your fire, consider burning another day. Finally, always have a water source nearby to help extinguish any problem spots.
For more information on burning tips and restrictions contact the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Some of the information on this page was obtained from the WSDOE website.
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.
Yes. The statute does not explicitly prohibit for-profit entities from applying for lodging tax funds. The purpose of the funds is to promote tourism in the jurisdiction by attracting individuals traveling over 50 miles away and encouraging overnight stays.
YES - you can still apply. The LTAC made an error on the application, and it has since been corrected. This application is not for events only - it is for all aspects of Tourism Promotion. Please explain, clearly, on your application what the application is for and the LTAC will consider it accordingly.
Applications have been corrected a reposted to the website.
Yes - you can apply. Please be as specific as possible when answering the LTAC questions. As your event develops, you will be required to keep the LTAC up to date.
All applications must include estimates of how funding the activity will result in increases in the number of people staying overnight, traveling 50 miles or more, or coming from another state or country. To ensure that the applicants are compliant with this statutory requirement, this information should be included in the lodging tax application form that will be filed with the city/county or the LTAC. There is no requirement that priority for funding is given to applicants expected to generate the largest number of tourists, and lodging tax revenue may still be awarded to recipients who provide services that indirectly increase tourism such as destination marketing organizations.
The Lodging Tax Grants that are recommended by the Grant County LTAC to the Grant County Commissioners are funded through the Lodging Tax applied to overnight stays within Grant County. Most major, incorporated cities within Grant County have their own LTAC that provides grants also, as you are probably aware. The tax revenues for overnight stays within those cities go back to those city LTACs to disperse.
Likewise, any overnight stays within rural Grant County (i.e. Mardon Resort, Sun Lakes, PUD parks, and other non-city entities) generate lodging tax funds for the Grant County LTAC to disperse. Thus, the more overnight stays within rural Grant County, the more the LTAC funds received, and the more LTAC grants dispersed.
The basis of the question from the LTAC is how will this put more heads in beds that are in rural Grant County? It is not necessarily a disqualifier or requirement but merely a question to get a feel for the impact county-wide. Keep in mind, most incorporated cities have their own LTAC for promoting local tourism and overnight stays within their city.
The 2023 Tourism Promotion Grant applications will be published on October 3, 2022 and will be open from October 3, 2022 through 5:00pm on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Cities and counties may levy lodging taxes on all charges related to furnishing lodging at hotels, motels, short-term rentals, and recreational vehicle (RV) parks for stays of less than30 days. Revenues received from these taxes are then restricted to the following uses:
All lodging tax revenues must be used for tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities, or operation of tourism-related facilities (RCW 67.28.1815 and RCW 67.28.1816), including:
Counties may use the funds either directly, or indirectly through a convention and visitor’s bureau or destination marketing organization. Chapter 67.28 RCW demonstrates that it was the state legislative intent to provide local control over the use of lodging tax revenues and to provide for the distribution of this tax back to those organizations and agencies that promote tourism within the county. Definitions are provided in RCW 67.28.080. Of particular note are the following definitions:
No, not on the Phase 2 Grants. These are for events only. You must fill out an application for each event your wish to request funds for.
If you received a grant earlier in the year for year-round promotion - yes, you can.
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, 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, paranoia, 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 lead to death.
In Grant County, only the Court may appoint counsel to represent you at public expense (a public defender). You will have the opportunity to request an attorney at your first court hearing. In fact, the judge will ask you if you would like counsel appointed.
District Court: When you go to court for your first appearance, you will probably need to fill out a form to ask for a lawyer. If you qualify, the judge will appoint counsel. After a few days you should call the Department of Public Defense at 509-754-6027. The staff will let you know that you have been assigned an attorney, who that attorney is and how to get hold of them. If there is something that may need to happen in your case immediately, like preserving evidence or finding witnesses before they leave, do not wait. Please contact our office right away.
Superior Court: At your first hearing, whether in custody or appearing by summons, there will be an attorney assigned for the day to help you with the process. The Judge will provisionally appoint counsel at the first hearing. Your assigned attorney should be in touch with you within a day or two. At the next hearing your appointed attorney will appear with you and be sure the appropriate paperwork is filled out to qualify . With few exceptions, the attorney appearing with you will be your attorney. If there is something that may need to happen in your case immediately, like preserving evidence or finding witnesses before they leave, do not wait. Please contact our office right away.
Yes! Public defenders are just as "real" as private criminal defense lawyers and civil lawyers. All the attorneys at the Grant County Department of Public Defense have graduated from college and law school. They have met the same Washington State Bar Association requirements to practice law in the courts of Washington State. They are also qualified to handle your individual case under the Washington Supreme Court Standards for Indigent Defense. The Standards for Indigent Defense are found in this link. pdf.
Absolutely not! The Grant County Department of Public Defense (DPD) is a county department and our funding comes from the county budget. But the DPD is an independent office that is separate and apart from the prosecutor's office and the court. We operate in a similar way to an independent law firm. Our lawyers are loyal to their clients first and are bound by the rules of professional responsibility that require that they provide zealous advocacy and protection to each client. That responsibility is the same as private lawyers.
If you can't work out your differences with your court appointed lawyer, you can contact the Director of Public Defense, Brett Hill. It is most helpful if you address your concerns in writing in the form of a letter. That way there is no confusion, or interpretation as to what the issue is. You will not want to talk about the facts or strategies of the case in that letter as there may be some issues with regard to confidentiality. But you will also want to be specific as to what the problem is.
When a Grant County Court finds that a person is entitled to counsel at public expense, The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is tasked with the responsibility of assigning an attorney to that person. While a person may be entitled to counsel at public expense, they are not entitled to choose the attorney who is assigned to their case. It is the policy of the DPD that once an appointment of counsel has been made, the assignment will not be changed absent a bona fide conflict of interest or an Order by the Judge. Failing to get along with a lawyer is usually not enough to get a different lawyer. There needs to be an actual legal reason to require a change.
Please be patient as you wait for your public defender to get back to you. Your attorney has a busy caseload and spends time in court several days a week. If you have left messages and it has been several days, please send an email to Brett Hill at [email protected] or call the office at (509) 754-6027. We may be able to give you some information, or help you prompt your attorney to contact you. If it is an ongoing problem, please feel free to write a complaint as directed on another FAQ.
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.
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. Most office supply or stationary stores carry legal forms. You may also obtain forms at the Washington State Bar Association page.
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 Clerk's Office at 509-754-2011, ext. 2845.
Yes. As of June 26, 2009, the recording department records the national form with the standard document fee.
Recording Fee Schedule (PDF)
GRANT COUNTY AUDITOR
RECORDING & FILING
EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023
First Page ……………………………………………………………………………………………… $203.50
Each Additional Page ………………………………………………………………………………….. $1.00
Deed of Trust:
1st Page …………………………………………………………………………………….…… $204.50
Each Additional Page ………………………………………………………………………… $1.00
Multiple Transaction Documents will be:
First Title (Except listed exceptions).………………………………………………… $203.50
Each Additional Transaction Title ………………………………………………………$203.50
Each Additional Page ………………………………………………………………………. $1.00
First Page Normal Fee Exceptions:
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
Non Standard Documents:
Signed Coversheet required and $50.00 fee in addition to normal recording fees.
PLATS – SURVEYS – SHORT PLATS – CONDOS – BPS
1st Page ……………………………………………………………………………………….. $323.50
Each Additional Page …………………………………………………………………….. $5.00
COUNTY ISSUED LICENSES:
Marriage License ……………………………………………………………………………… $59.00
Process Server …………………………………………………………………………………. $14.00
Process Server license must be renewed YEARLY
Copy Requests and Miscellaneous Fees:
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
While there is no obligation to install the SnapComms app on your personal phone, the SnapComms app is a one-way communication system that allows county employees to receive emergency notifications when issued. Please remember that due to Public Records requests, County business should not be conducted on a personal phone, and personal business should not be conducted on a County issued device. The SnapComms app would not be used to distribute Public Record Request eligible information.
The SnapComms app is installed with new computer deployments, however there are many computers in the County that have been previously deployed. Technology Services has tried to automate the installation; however, this process is not 100% reliable. If your computer does not have the SnapComms client installed, you may submit a ticket to [email protected] to request that it be installed on your computer, or you may download the SnapComms client and install it on your computer.
If the SnapComms app is installed and running on your computer, you will find the client icon under the hidden icons area found at the bottom right-hand corner of the task bar near the clock.
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 Officer (GCVSO). The GCVSO 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 GCVSO will assist Veterans in need with assistance. The GCVSO 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 Officer (GCVSO) by:
If you are a victim or a witness of a crime, you may have to testify in court. However, many cases plead without going to trial. If this happens, you will not be required to testify, as there will not be a trial. If you have concerns about testifying, contact the Victim/Witness Unit.
No. The State of Washington has charged the defendant with a crime, not you. As you have not charged the crime, you cannot drop the charges. Reporting a crime is not the same as charging a crime.
If you have medical bills or funeral expenses resulting from a crime, CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION may cover expenses not covered by your insurance company, including deductibles and copays. You are responsible for paying most other bills. If a defendant is found guilty, he or she could be ordered to pay restitution to you and/or your insurance company. To have restitution ordered, you must provide the Victim/Witness Unit with a summary and receipts for your losses.
It is essential that you report any contact from a defendant or his or her family/friends to law enforcement and/or the prosecutor's office immediately. This may be a violation. If you have evidence of the contact, such as voicemail, caller ID, a letter, or e-mail, save the evidence until law enforcement and/or the prosecutor's office says to do otherwise. If you have not already done so, you may wish to obtain a PROTECTION ORDER. The Victim/Witness Unit can also assist you in devising a safety plan.
If an attorney or investigator is contacting you, they most likely work for the defense. You have the right to speak with them or to decline to speak with them. The Victim/Witness Unit has Interview Request forms that an attorney or investigator can fill out if they would like to interview you. If you would like us to set up and/or attend the interview with you, please have the attorney or investigator fill out an Interview Request Form. You NEVER have to speak with someone simply because they show up at your home/work or call you. Victims and witnesses often feel pressured to talk immediately, but you DO NOT have to do so.
Statements given to law enforcement are rarely complete. They often lack details that help the prosecutor or defense attorney better understand the case. Your interview may help us obtain more detail about what occurred.
Yes. You have the right to have someone of your choosing (an advocate, friend, or someone from the prosecutor's office) attend interviews with you, if there is not a conflict. An example of a conflict would be that the person you wish to attend the interview with is also a witness in the case. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that whoever attends the interview with you may become a witness at trial. If you have someone in mind that you want to attend trial with you, it is best NOT to have that person attend the interview with you as well.
It depends on the type of crime and the defendant's criminal history. When convicted some defendants may go to prison (if the time ordered is longer than 12 months) or jail (if the time ordered is less than 12 months) or they may be ordered to complete community service or some other alternative sentence.
Victims and witnesses are frequently asked not to contact defendants until a case is over. In some cases, contact with the defendant may be prohibited. If you and the defendant were living together, the court will frequently order the defendant to find another place to stay if released from jail.
There are two methods.
The first and best is to register through the Washington Statewide Victim Information and Notification Service. You can register online or by phone. To register online, go to vinelink.com and click on Washington State. Follow the directions. To register by phone, call 1 (877) 846-3492.
The other method is to contact the Grant County Jail at (509) 754-2011 ext. 2400 and request that they notify you if the defendant is released.
You will not be notified unless you register through one of these methods. There is no automatic notification unless you register.
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In our justice system, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Almost all defendants plead "not guilty" when charged with a crime. They may decide to change their plea after talking with a lawyer, or they may decide to go to trial and require that the State prove them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Not through the criminal justice system. Restitution is ordered for out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the crime. If you would like to seek compensation for pain and suffering, you may wish to file a civil suit. However, neither the Victim/Witness Unit nor the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney's Office can advise you in such a matter.
A protection order is an order that prohibits the respondent from contacting you. There are several kinds of protection orders, including an Order for Protection (for domestic violence cases,) No Contact Order, Restraining Order, and Anti-Harassment Order. You can apply for a protection order at the clerk's office for District or Superior Court. There may or may not be a charge to obtain a protection order.
For more information, contact the Victim/Witness Unit, or call the Clerk's Office at 754-2011 ext. 2801 or 1-800-572-0119 ext. 2801.
If you are a witness to a crime and you must appear at trial, you will receive a subpoena from the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney or another attorney in the case. The subpoena should state where and when you must appear. When you are subpoenaed for trial, you can check the trial run the day before trial to see if the case is going to trial, has been continued, or has been resolved. You are normally subpoenaed to appear at the Grant County Superior Court.
If the defendant or defendant's friends or family has keys to your home or vehicle, consider having your locks changed. If you do not currently have locks on your home, investing in locks may be an option to consider. Always lock your vehicle whether at home, around town, and even when you are out of the area.
You may wish to seek a protection order against the defendant. Protection orders prohibit the respondent from contacting the petitioner either themselves or through a third person. For more information or to obtain a protection order, contact the Grant County Clerk's Office at the Grant County Court House or call 754-2011 ext. 2810. Always keep a copy of the order with you and report every protection order violation to law enforcement.
Did you know that any cell phone can call 9-1-1 in case of emergency? Even if you have a cell phone with no paid coverage plan, it can still be used. Keeping a charged cell phone on your person always ensures that you can contact emergency services if necessary. Keep emergency numbers in your cell phone so that you
Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.
Hearing and speech impaired individuals benefit from Text-to-911, as do those who may find themselves in a situation where they cannot make a voice call, such as a home invasion or domestic abuse situation. Additionally, during a major weather event, the voice pathways for cell phones can become jammed, but oftentimes texts can get through.
Use Text-to-911 if:
If you are using Text-to-911 because you are trying not to be heard, remember to silence your cell phone.
For more information about Text-to-911 within Grant County, Wa, see Text-to-911 within Grant County at Macc911.org.
Remain aware of your surroundings. If you notice something unusual, get help. For example, if you notice while driving that you are being followed, do not go home. Instead, drive to a police station or to another safe place. If you have a cell phone, call law enforcement or someone you trust.
Arrange for a safe place to go if you feel you are in danger. This may be with a friend, neighbor, relative, or shelter. If possible, it should be a place that the defendant is not familiar with. Have extra clothes for yourself and your children at your safe place or store clothes in a place where you can get them if needed.
Always keep a moderate amount of money available to you. If the defendant has access to your bank accounts or credit cards, create separate accounts at least temporarily. If you suspect the defendant may abuse access to your accounts, close or freeze the accounts.
Inform your child's school or daycare provider about the situation and be sure they have your current contact information. If your child is listed in a protection order, be sure the school or daycare provider has a copy.
Being involved in a criminal case can be very frightening for children, which can increase when they are not informed of what is happening. Reduce their stress by assuring them that you and others in the criminal justice system (such as law enforcement and the judge) are there to protect them. Help them gain a sense of control and safety in the situation by talking to them about what to do in case of emergency. Be sure they know where to go or who to contact for help if for some reason you are not available.
Practice calling 9-1-1 with your child on a pretend phone. Be sure the child can give their name, address, and telephone number when you practice with them. If your child can read, post your address, and telephone number near the phone so they won't need to remember it.
When a crime is reported to law enforcement, an officer is sent to the crime scene to find out what happened. An arrest may be made at that time. Many times, a detective with special training is assigned to the case. The detective will interview all parties involved, gather evidence, and write a report that will be sent to the Prosecuting Attorney with a type of charge indicated on the report.
The office of the Prosecuting Attorney assigns the report to one of the deputy prosecuting attorneys. The report is evaluated to determine if there is enough evidence to file charges. At this time, one of three things will occur:
The defendant's first appearance in court for further hearings. If a suspect is arrested and held in jail, this hearing must take place within 72 hours. This appearance will occur before formal charges have been filed. If the suspect is not held in jail or is released on bail, a summons will be issued after the prosecutor has filed formal charges. This appearance can take place up to a month after the charges are filed. At the time of the preliminary appearance, the charges will be read to the defendant, he/she will be advised of his/her rights and appointed an attorney if needed. No plea will be entered. Bail must be set in all cases regardless of the crime committed. The suspect may agree to appear and be released on personal recognizance. Other conditions of release, such as no contact with the victim, can be addressed.
The court appearance during which the defendant pleads guilty or not guilty. Approximately two weeks after the first court appearance, the defendant and his attorney will be summoned to court. At this time, the charges will be read again, and the defendant will either plead guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads guilty, a date for sentencing will be set and a Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) may be ordered. If no PSI is ordered, sentencing can take place immediately. If requested, victims have a right to be notified before sentencing can occur. If the defendant pleads not guilty, a trial date will be set. Other hearings may also take place before the trial date.
A hearing where the defense attorney and prosecuting attorney exchange information as to witnesses that will be called at trial, the nature of defense, whether discovery is complete, and whether further hearings besides trial will be necessary. The judge reviews and orders what is requested by either side if he or she deems it appropriate. If a continuance of the case is necessary, it will likely occur at the omnibus hearing.
Court hearings during which requests are made to suppress or keep certain evidence out of the trial. The 3.5 hearing is for suppression of statements and confessions made by the defendant. A 3.6 hearing is for suppression of physical evidence.
When the defendant reconsiders and chooses to plead guilty to charges against him/her. Many times, the prosecuting attorney will agree to a plea bargain before the trial date. This may be a reduction in the number of charges, the actual charge may be changed, or the prosecutor may agree to recommend an amount of time in exchange for the guilty plea.
Subpoenas are issued to anyone who will be testifying in the trial. Trials can be heard before either a judge and jury, or only a judge; it is the defendant's choice. Many times, witnesses may not come into the courtroom until they testify. Trials are open to any interested person.
Sentencing may occur quickly if a PSI is not ordered. If a PSI is ordered, a sentencing date will be scheduled generally within the next eight weeks after either a conviction or change of plea hearing. Victims are encouraged to present a Victim Impact Statement to the judge explaining how the crime has affected them. The Victim/Witness Unit can accompany victims to the sentencing if they wish to attend.
A person who is accused of and/or arrested for breaking the law.
The person whose job it is to help the defendant in court.
The facts and physical items involved in the crime, presented by all witnesses at the trial.
A statement, usually in the form of a letter or spoken directly to the judge, from the family, friends, etc. concerning how this crime has affected the victim. Find a VIS cover letter here.
An official document filed with the court by the Prosecuting Attorney setting forth the crimes allegedly committed.
The defendant's agreement to appear in court for further hearings.
An agreement between the defendant and the Prosecuting Attorney as to what charge the defendant will plead guilty and what sentencing recommendation the Prosecuting Attorney will make to the court.
A complete investigation, contacting all parties involved, by a Department of Corrections caseworker, who reports to the court with recommendations for sentencing.
The person who was elected by the people of the county to represent the State and prove that the defendant committed the crime.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys are assistants of the Prosecuting Attorney.
A written order to be at the court proceedings at a certain date and time.
To tell the truth in the courtroom about what happened.