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PDFWAC 458-30-267

Valuation procedures for open space and timber land.

(1) Introduction. This section outlines the procedures set forth in RCW 84.34.060 about how to value land(s) classified as open space or timber land under the provisions of chapter 84.34 RCW.
(2) Open space land.
(a) In valuing land classified as open space, the assessor shall consider only the way in which the land and improvements are currently used; the assessor shall not consider potential uses of the land.
(b) The assessed value of open space land shall not be less than the minimum value per acre of classified farm and agricultural land.
(c) If open space land is located within a county where the county legislative authority has adopted an open space plan and a public benefit rating system in accordance with RCW 84.34.055, the assessed value of this open space land may be based on the public benefit rating system. The open space plan shall contain criteria for determining eligibility of lands, the process for establishing a public benefit rating system, and an assessed valuation schedule. An assessed valuation schedule shall be developed by the assessor and shall be a percentage of true and fair value based on the public benefit rating system.
(3) Timber land. The assessor shall value classified timber land according to the provisions of chapter 84.33 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 84.08.110, 84.08.070, 84.34.141 and 84.34.360. WSR 95-21-002, ยง 458-30-267, filed 10/4/95, effective 11/4/95.]
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