County seeks board of equalization member

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By CHARLES H. FEATHERSTONE

Staff Writer

EPHRATA — The Grant County Commission is looking for one interested resident to fill an open position on the county Board of Equalization.

According to a press release from the commission, applicants must live in Grant County, be at least 18 years old, and be able to attend a state-mandated training within a year of appointment.

“The ideal candidate will have knowledge of appraisal methods, experience in real estate sales and marketing, banking, farming and general knowledge of the county,” the press release said.

The appointment is for three years, and members of the Board of Equalization “may not hold an elected office or be employed by an elected official,” the news release said.

The five-member Board of Equalization hears appeals to real and personal property tax appraisals, including exemption denials and current-use determinations. The board is also responsible for ensuring that all real and personal property in Grant County is assessed at “true and fair market value.”

Board members meet seven to 10 times per year for day-long hearings, and are paid $75 per day plus expenses, the press release said.

Residents interested in the position can send a letter of intent plus a volunteer application to the Grant County Commissioners Office in the county courthouse at 35 C St. NW in Ephrata. Volunteer applications are available at the county’s website www.grantcountywa.gov. For additional information, contact the Grant County Commissioners at 509-754-2011, ext. 2931.

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached via email at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com.

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