After Filing a Petition
Once a timely and properly completed Taxpayer Petition is submitted, it will be given a petition number, entered into the computer and a copy will be given to the Assessor’s office.
This Board may not acknowledge receipt of Taxpayer Petitions. However, you will be notified when a petition is denied, untimely, or incomplete.
You will be notified of your hearing at least 30 working days before the hearing date. If you intend to submit any additional information to be presented at your hearing, it must be submitted to the Board of Equalization 21 working days before the date of your hearing. All information submitted by the Assessor and Appellant will be presented to the board prior to the hearing.
On the day and time of your hearing, you will come to the Commissioner’s Chambers at 400 N. Main Street in Colfax (unless you are told otherwise). The time allotted for your hearing is 30 minutes. This will be broken up into segments to allow the appellant and the appraiser to each present their case. A few minutes will be given to each side for rebuttal.
After the hearing is closed and both sides have left the room the board will review the evidence and make a decision according to the law set by the State of Washington.
Your decision will be mailed to you within 45 days of your hearing. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may appeal to the State Board of Tax Appeals. In accordance with RCW 1.12.070, this appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) days after the mailing of the decision of the Board of Equalization. In like manner, the Whitman County Assessor may appeal to the State Board of Tax Appeals from any action of the Whitman County Board of Equalization (RCW 84.08.130 and WAC 458-14-170).