WSR 07-24-097



[ Filed December 5, 2007, 11:45 a.m. , effective January 1, 2008 ]

Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2008.

Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to provide information about the rate of inflation that is used by county officials to calculate interest on deferred special benefit assessments when farm and agricultural or timber land is removed or withdrawn from classification under chapter 84.34 RCW, the open space program.

Special benefit assessments for certain local improvements to farm and agricultural or timber land classified under chapter 84.34 RCW may be deferred by the land owner. If a land owner has chosen to defer these assessments, when the land is subsequently removed or withdrawn from classification the deferred special benefit assessments become due and payable with interest. WAC 458-30-590 provides the rate of inflation used in calculating the interest that is added to the deferred amount of special benefit assessments.

The department filed a CR-105 notice of expedited rule making on October 18, 2007, with the intention of adopting a permanent rule after December 24, see WSR 07-21-095. The department still anticipates adopting a permanent rule at that time. The department is adopting this rule, which is the same as that proposed in WSR 07-21-095, on an emergency basis at this time to satisfy [the] RCW 84.34.310 requirement that an adopted rule providing the rate of inflation be published in the state register not later than January 1.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 458-30-590 Rate of inflation -- Publication -- Interest rate -- Calculation.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 84.34.360.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: RCW 84.34.310(6) authorizes the department to determine the rate of inflation and to publish this rate no later than January 1 each year for use in that assessment year.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: December 5, 2007.

Janis P. Bianchi

Assistant Director

Interpretation and Technical

Advice Division


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-012, filed 12/7/06, effective 1/1/07)

WAC 458-30-590   Rate of inflation -- Publication -- Interest rate -- Calculation.   (1) Introduction. This section sets forth the rates of inflation discussed in WAC 458-30-550. It also explains the department of revenue's obligation to annually publish a rate of inflation and the manner in which this rate is determined.

(2) General duty of department -- Basis for inflation rate. Each year the department determines and publishes a rule establishing an annual rate of inflation. This rate of inflation is used in computing the interest that is assessed when farm and agricultural or timber land, which are exempt from special benefit assessments, is withdrawn or removed from current use classification.

(a) The rate of inflation is based upon the implicit price deflator for personal consumption expenditures calculated by the United States Department of Commerce. This rate is used to calculate the rate of interest collected on exempt special benefit assessments.

(b) The rate is published by December 31st of each year and applies to all withdrawals or removals from farm and agricultural or timber land classification that occur the following year.

(3) Assessment of rate of interest. An owner of classified farm and agricultural or timber land is liable for interest on the exempt special benefit assessment. Interest accrues from the date the local improvement district is created until the land is withdrawn or removed from classification. Interest accrues and is assessed in accordance with WAC 458-30-550.

(a) Interest is assessed only for the time (years and months) the land remains classified under RCW 84.34.020 (2) or (3).

(b) If the classified land is exempt from the special benefit assessment for more than one year, the annual inflation rates are used to calculate an average rate of interest. This average is determined by adding the inflation rate for each year the classified land was exempt from the special benefit assessment after the local improvement district was created. The sum of the inflation rates is then divided by the number of years involved to determine the applicable rate of interest.

(c) Example. A local improvement district for a domestic water supply system was created in January 1990 and the owner used the statutory exemption provided in RCW 84.34.320. On July 1, 1997, the land was removed from the farm and agricultural classification. An average interest rate was calculated using the inflation rates for 1990 through 1997. The owner was then notified of the amount of previously exempt special benefit assessment, plus the average interest rate.

(4) Rates of inflation. The rates of inflation used to calculate the interest as required by WAC 458-30-550 are as follows:

1976 5.6

1977 6.5
1978 7.6 1979 11.3
1980 13.5 1981 10.3
1982 6.2 1983 3.2
1984 4.3 1985 3.5
1986 1.9 1987 3.7
1988 4.1 1989 4.8
1990 5.4 1991 4.2
1992 3.3 1993 2.7
1994 2.2 1995 2.3
1996 2.2 1997 2.1
1998 0.85 1999 1.42
2000 2.61 2001 1.89
2002 1.16 2003 1.84
2004 2.39 2005 2.54
2006 3.42 2007 2.08

[Statutory Authority: RCW 84.34.360 and 84.34.310. 07-01-012, 458-30-590, filed 12/7/06, effective 1/1/07; 05-24-119, 458-30-590, filed 12/7/05, effective 1/1/06; 05-01-052, 458-30-590, filed 12/7/04, effective 1/1/05; 03-24-076, 458-30-590, filed 12/2/03, effective 1/2/04; 02-24-058, 458-30-590, filed 12/3/02, effective 1/3/03; 02-03-041, 458-30-590, filed 1/8/02, effective 2/8/02; 00-24-107, 458-30-590, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/1/01; 99-24-035, 458-30-590, filed 11/23/99, effective 12/24/99; 99-01-068, 458-30-590, filed 12/14/98, effective 1/1/99; 98-01-179, 458-30-590, filed 12/23/97, effective 1/1/98; 97-02-067, 458-30-590, filed 12/31/96, effective 1/1/97; 96-01-094, 458-30-590, filed 12/19/95, effective 1/1/96; 95-06-043, 458-30-590, filed 2/24/95, effective 3/27/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.34.360. 94-11-098, 458-30-590, filed 5/17/94, effective 6/17/94; 92-22-061, 458-30-590, filed 10/29/92, effective 11/29/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.08.010 and 84.08.070. 90-24-087, 458-30-590, filed 12/5/90, effective 1/5/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 84.34 RCW and RCW 84.34.360. 89-05-010 (Order PT 89-3), 458-30-590, filed 2/8/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.34.360. 88-07-004 (Order PT 88-4), 458-30-590, filed 3/3/88; 87-07-009 (Order PT 87-3), 458-30-590, filed 3/10/87.]

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