Board Of County Commissioners

Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization (BOE) is an impartial citizen board that hears property value disputes and determines assessed value.  The Board is wholly separate and apart from the Assessor’s Office.  The Board is comprised of three Chelan County residents and are appointed by the Chelan County Commissioners. 

Types of appeals may be brought before the BOE:      

  • Change in real and personal property values
  • Denials of senior citizen/disabled persons exemptions 
  • Denials of home improvement exemptions 
  • Decisions regarding historic property 
  • Forest land classification determinations 
  • Current use determinations 
  • Destroyed property determinations

The only thing you can appeal is your current year assessed value.  If you have concerns over the amount of taxes you are paying, you need to take them up with the taxing district officials who determine the budgets for their districts. You can also work for efficiency in government by attending budget hearings and calling or writing the taxing authorities with your concerns and ideas.   Please refer to your local phonebook for contact names and numbers of each taxing district.

Petitions must be filed with the BOE or postmarked on or before July 1st of the assessment year or within 30 days after your notice of value was mailed, whichever date is later.  To protect your right to appeal, we recommend you file a petition while working with an appraiser.  If you are satisfied with the results of your work with the appraiser, the petition may be withdrawn.

There are several ways to get the form: 

  • Download the Real Property appeal packet here  Board of Equalization Appeal Packet. (If your appeal does not fall under this category, please contact the BOE Clerk for the appropriate packet.)
  • Request a form by emailing the Clerk of the Board of Equalization, Susan Ward at susan.ward@co.chelan.wa.us
  • Request a form through the mail by contacting the BOE Clerk at (509) 667-6565.  Simply leave your name, parcel number, telephone number and mailing address.

Please send one original signed petition and 4 copies (including all attachments) to:

Chelan County Board of Equalization
400 Douglas St., Suite 201
Wenatchee, WA  98801

You should pay your property taxes when they are due. After your hearing, when the Board of Equalization has made their decision, the County treasurer will notify you of any adjustment to your taxes.

The Clerk of the BOE will notify you about the date, location and time of your scheduled hearing.  The hearing is an informal review that allows the property owners to represent themselves without an attorney.  Both the property owner and the County Assessor will give oral testimony and written evidence to support the value.  The BOE reviews sales evidence submitted by you and the Assessor, and sets a final value.  Keep in mind that the County Assessor, by law, is presumed to be correct.  The burden of proof is on you, the taxpayer, to show that the assessed value is not correct.

The BOE issues a written decision within 45 days of the hearing.  The board can raise, lower or sustain the County assessor’s value.

You may appeal the County board’s decision to the State Board of Tax Appeals.  Your appeal must be filed with the State Board within 30 calendar days of the postmarked date of the County Board’s decision.  You may also pay your taxes under protest and petition the Superior Court for a refund by filing a lawsuit. 

You can contact the State Board of Tax Appeals:

 

What to expect after filing your petition

Once a timely and properly completed Taxpayer Petition is submitted, it will be given an appeal number and entered into the computer. The Assessor’s office is given a copy of your appeal. The Assessor’s office will provide a written response to your petition within 60 days of the request but at least 21 business days, excluding legal holidays, prior to your hearing date. 

Based on the volume of petitions filed within the 30 day period, this office cannot acknowledge receipt of each petition. However, if your petition is incomplete, untimely or denied, you will receive a phone call, e-mail or letter advising you. 

Petitions must be filed within 30 days of the value notice change. The number of petitions filed, determines how long the Board will remain in session conducting hearings. 

Once your petition is scheduled for a hearing, you will be notified by mail at least 22 days prior to the hearing date. The hearing notice will be mailed to the correspondence address entered on your petition.

When you filled out your petition, you checked a box choosing whether or not you wanted to appear for your hearing. If you choose that you did not want to be present, you will receive notice of the date your Administrative Hearing will take place. At that hearing, the Board will review the documentation submitted by you and the Assessor and issue a written decision. If you choose to appear, you will be sent a hearing notice with a date and time to appear before the Board of Equalization.  You will be sworn in and be able to give testimony. A representative of the Assessor’s office may also appear and be sworn in to give testimony. After consideration of the oral testimony and written evidence, the Board will issue a written decision within 45 days of your hearing.  

Posted: 07/01/2015 04:09 PM
Last Updated: 06/13/2019 10:19 AM

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