PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 458-40-660 Timber excise tax -- Stumpage value tables.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 84.33.096, 82.32.300, and 82.01.060(2).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The law (RCW 84.33.091) requires that the stumpage value tables be revised every six months. The stumpage values are established by the department so that timber harvesters are apprised of the timber values on which the timber excise tax is calculated.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Although the United States Forest Service and Washington State Department of Natural Resources both regulate forest practices, they are not involved in valuation for purposes of taxation. The nontax processes and definitions are coordinated with these agencies to avoid conflict, but there should be no need to involve them in the valuation revisions provided in this rule.
Process for Developing New Rule: Modified negotiated rule making.
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 the proposed changes is available upon request on or after October 10, 2003. Written comments on and/or requests for copies of the rule may be directed to Ed Ratcliffe, Legislation and Policy, P.O. Box 47467, Olympia, WA 98504-7467, phone (360) 570-6126, fax (360) 664-0693.
Location and Date of Public Meeting: Department of Revenue Conference Room, Target Place Building No. 4, 2735 Harrison Avenue N.W., Olympia, WA, on October 15, 2003, at 10 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sandy Davis by October 5, 2003, TDD 1-800-451-7985 or (360) 725-7499 to request assistance.
August 19, 2003
Alan R. Lynn
Legislation and Policy Division