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PDFWAC 458-16-310

Community celebration facilities.

(1) Introduction. This rule explains the property tax exemption available under the provisions of RCW 84.36.037 for real and personal property owned by a nonprofit organization, association, or corporation and used primarily for annual community celebration events.
(2) Definitions. For purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Public gathering" has the same meaning as provided in WAC 458-16-300.
(b) "Property" has the same meaning as provided in WAC 458-16-300.
(3) Exemption. Real and personal property owned by a nonprofit organization, association, or corporation and used primarily for annual community celebration events may be exempt from taxation under the following conditions:
(a) Exemption for real property - Area. The area of real property to be exempt may not exceed twenty-nine acres.
(b) Primary use. The property has been primarily used for annual community celebration events for at least ten years.
(c) Essentially unimproved property. The property is essentially unimproved except for restroom facilities and covered shelters. A "covered shelter," for example, may consist of a covered area that is not enclosed but allows some protection from the elements or it may provide a sheltered eating area with or without a picnic table or outside grill, or both.
(d) Purpose. The purpose of the property is to provide a facility for an annual community celebration.
(e) Statement of availability and fees required. The owner of the property must prepare and make available upon request a schedule of fees, a policy on the availability of the facility, and any restrictions on the use of the facility. The owner may impose conditions and restrictions that are reasonably necessary to safeguard the property and to promote the purposes of this exemption.
(f) Annual summary required. The owner must annually provide the department of revenue with a detailed summary containing the following information regarding the manner in which the exempt property was used during the preceding year:
(i) The name of any person, organization, association, or corporation that used the property;
(ii) The date(s) on which the property was used;
(iii) The purpose for which the property was used;
(iv) The income derived from the rental of the property; and
(v) The expenses incurred relating to the use of the property.
(4) Use of property for pecuniary gain or to promote business activities. If a community celebration facility exempt under subsection (3) of this rule is used for pecuniary gain or to promote business activities, the property tax exemption will be lost. However, the exemption will not be lost if:
(a) The exempt property is used for pecuniary gain or to promote business activities fifteen days or less in an assessment year;
(b) In a county with a population of less than twenty thousand people, the exempt property is used to promote the following business activities: Dance lessons; art classes; or music lessons. The rental income or donations, if any, must be reasonable and not exceed the maintenance and operation expenses attributable to the portion of the property loaned or rented;
(c) The exempt property is used to conduct a farmers market, as defined in RCW 66.24.170, for fifty-three days or less each assessment year. The rental income or donations, if any, must be reasonable and not exceed the maintenance and operation expenses attributable to the portion of the property loaned or rented; or
(d) All income received from the rental or use of the exempt property is used for capital improvements to the exempt property, maintenance and operation expenses of the exempt property, or for exempt purposes.
(5) Additional requirements. Any nonprofit organization, association, or corporation that applies for a property tax exemption under this rule must also comply with the provisions of WAC 458-16-165. WAC 458-16-165 provides additional conditions and requirements that must be satisfied to obtain a property tax exemption pursuant to RCW 84.36.037.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 84.08.010, 84.08.070, 84.08.080, 84.36.389, and 84.36.865. WSR 15-07-021, § 458-16-310, filed 3/10/15, effective 4/10/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.36.865, 84.36.037, 84.36.805, 84.36.815, 84.36.825 and 84.36.840. WSR 98-18-006, § 458-16-310, filed 8/20/98, effective 9/20/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.08.010, 84.08.070 and chapter 84.36 RCW. WSR 94-07-008, § 458-16-310, filed 3/3/94, effective 4/3/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.36.865. WSR 81-21-010 (Order PT 81-14), § 458-16-310, filed 10/8/81.]
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