PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: A new chapter of rules implementing the limited income deferral program in chapter 84.37 RCW. Chapter 84.37 RCW was enacted in a 2007 special session of the legislature.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 84.37.090.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The chapter allowing deferral of property taxes and special assessments for homeowners with limited incomes, chapter 84.37 RCW, was enacted in a 2007 special session and no rules have been adopted since then to explain its administration. Rules will assist taxpayers, the department, and assessors by providing guidelines for the administration of the new deferral program.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in this rule making may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by providing written comments throughout this rule making or giving oral testimony at the public meeting or public hearing.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or at the public meeting. Oral comments will be accepted at the public meeting. A preliminary draft of possible rule changes is available for viewing and printing on our web site at http://dor.wa.gov/content/FindALawOrRule/RuleMaking/agenda.aspx. Written comments on and/or requests for copies of the rule may be directed to James A. Winterstein, Property Tax Division, P.O. Box 47471, Olympia, WA 98504-7471, e-mail JimWi@dor.wa.gov, phone (360) 570-5880, fax (360) 586-7602.
Public Meeting Location: Capital Plaza Building, 4th Floor Executive Conference Room, 1025 Union Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA, on March 10, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Martha Thomas no later than ten days before the meeting date, TTY 1-800-451-7985 or (360) 725-7497.
January 30, 2009
Alan R. Lynn