The Board of Equalization hears property
tax appeals and complaints regarding the Assessor´s
property value determination. The Board is responsible for
ensuring that all properties are valued at 100% of market value
and that comparable properties are assessed at comparable
values. The Board may either lower, raise, or sustain the
land or building assessments. Appeals of the Board´s decision are made
to the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals.
Duties: Board members are selected for their knowledge of real estate values and each member is required by law to attend a two-day course on the valuation of real property. The Board is responsible for hearing appeals of assessed valuation of property.
Authority: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 84.48.014, Washington Administrative
Code (WAC) 458-14, and Whatcom County Charter Section 3.23
Contact Person: NaDean Hanson, Whatcom County Board of Equalization, 676-6690
Vacancies: See Council vacancy list
Term Limit: 2 terms, one year separation required after two terms.
Term Length: 3 years
Number of Members: 3 full members and 2 alternate members.
Additional Information: Board of Equaliation website