Apr 26: Dinner Speaker Russ Shiplet Executive Director KBA

Our April 26 Dinner Speaker is Russ Shiplet, the New Executive Director of the Kitsap Building Association. Russ Shiplet has lived and worked in and out of Kitsap Co. for nearly 33 years.  He has served in the US Navy, taught middle and high school math and computer technology at Klahowya Secondary School and King’s West, worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and NUWC Keyport.

Please join KAPO with Mr Russ Shiplet, Director of the Kitsap Building Association, on April 26th at 5:00 pm. Our meeting is at McCloud’s Grill House, 2901 Perry Ave., E. Bremerton 98310. NO RSVP. Order your dinner and sit down for an evening of information and friendship.

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Mar 27: Ruckelshaus Center Roadmap to Washington State’s Future

The William Ruckelshaus Center will be hosting a workshop for Kitsap County on March 27, 2018 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Ave., Bremerton, WA

My name is Molly Stenovec and I represent a project being conducted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center (Center), a joint program of Washington State University and the University of Washington. The Washington State Legislature has asked the Center to conduct a two-year project to create a “Road Map to Washington’s Future.” The purpose of the Road Map to Washington’s Future project is to articulate a vision of Washington’s desired future and identify additions, revisions, or clarifications to the state’s growth management framework of laws, institutions, and policies needed to reach that future.

In order to understand how the framework aligns with, creates barriers to, and/or supports the desired future of the communities it is meant to serve, we will be conducting workshops beginning in January 2018 through December 2018 across the state with individuals and representatives of entities with a role, interest, or knowledge of the planning framework. We will also be conducting individual and group interviews, as well as workshops with government elected officials to better understand the issues, challenges, strengths, and potential solutions or improvements to the planning framework.

The Center will be hosting a workshop for Kitsap County on March 27, 2018 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Ave., Bremerton, WA.

The information gathered from workshops will be used to inform the Center’s recommendations about what may need to change to improve the state’s planning framework to best serve the desired future. Because there is a relationship between the state’s planning framework and local impacts/needs, it is important that recommendations be grounded in and reflect local realities, experiences, interests, and aspirations. Key findings and recommendations will be summarized in a final report to the Legislature.

Please click on the following links for additional information about the workshop and project:

 

 

Mar 29: Dinner Speaker Jon Rose, President Olympic Property Group

We are very happy to have Mr. Rose from Olympic Property Group. One of his largest projects now is the Reclamation of Port Gamble and Port Gamble Bay.  He has had development projects in Jefferson, Kitsap and Pierce County.  Mr Rose is NOT a stranger of the Growth Management Act. He is very well seasoned on the pitfalls of dealing with the County.  But with diligence he has accomplished amazing projects. (CostCo Gig Harbor)

Please join KAPO with Mr Rose, Director of Real Estate and President of Olympic Property Group, on March 29th at 5:00 pm. Our meeting is at McCloud’s Grill House, 2901 Perry Ave., E. Bremerton 98310. NO RSVP. Order your dinner and sit down for an evening of information and Friendship. Questions? Call Jackie (360) 990-1088 Looking forward to

seeing you.

Supremes examining city’s decision to take woman’s private land

The Supreme Court has agreed to take a case in which a town has threatened to turn a woman’s private 90 acres into public property.

The justices said Monday they will hear arguments in the case Knick v. Scott Township, on which WND reported last year.

The Pennsylvania dispute developed when Scott Township officials abruptly adopted an ordinance that requires landowners to open their property to the public if there are claims that a historical gravesite exists on the land.

The 90 acres owned by Rose Mary Knick has been in her family for half a century, and someone claimed there was on old gravesite on the land.

No proof was necessary, according to the law, which requires that the landowner provide daily public access to the site.

Knick went to court, but the state courts said they won’t act because the township said Knick shouldn’t worry, because officials won’t enforce any requirement against her.

Federal courts said that by precedent they cannot act until state courts do.

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“Scott Township’s graveyard law forces property owners to allow warrantless searches by government and unbridled trespassing by the public,” said Pacific Legal FoundationSenior Attorney J. David Breemer.

The case puts the court into one of the thorniest areas of property rights.

Back in 2012, the township adopted an ordinance requiring owners of cemeteries to allow public access. Officials contend there’s a “cemetery” on Knick’s land.

State courts refused Knick’s plea for help because the town “had withdrawn its notice of violation and agreed not to enforce the law,” an analysis said. But the requirement still would exist and could be enforced at any point.

Federal courts then said a state adjudication was required before they could act.

Knick’s land is used for grazing for cattle, horses and other animals. It’s bounded by fences, stone walls and “No Trespassing” signs.

“There is no cemetery mentioned in the chain of title going back hundreds of years,” said Pacific Legal Foundation, which has won numerous property rights cases at the Supreme Court.

“Nevertheless, in 2013, a town enforcement officer entered the property searching for graveyards. Soon after, Ms. Knick was issued a notice of violation claiming her property contained an old burial ground that had not been kept open to the public. She later received a second notice of violation.”

Knick said: “It was unbelievable that the town would trample all over my rights this way, making it open season for trespassing on my land. I am very hopeful that the Supreme Court will take a stand for the Constitution, and for everybody’s property rights, by striking down this outrageous law.”

Isolated grave sites are not uncommon in parts of the country where there is no ban on burials on private ground. And, indeed, sometimes burials date back to before rules and regulations were in place. So the plains of Pennsylvania contain small burial plots for families.

However, the records don’t show any such location on Knick’s land, PLF said.

The township simply adopted procedures for its “code enforcement” agents to search her land without permission, and while trespassing, they claimed to have found stone evidence of burial plots.

The lower courts then decided the township had created a “right of way” for the public.

The demand for access to Knick’s land came after an anonymous “citizen inquiry” claimed there was a burial ground there.

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Apr 26: Dinner Speaker KBA Executive Director Russ Shiplet

Please join KAPO with Mr Russ Shiplet, Executive Director of the Kitsap Building Association, on April 26th at 5:00 pm. Our meeting is at McCloud’s Grill House, 2901 Perry Ave., E. Bremerton 98310. NO RSVP. Order your dinner and sit down for an evening of information and Friendship.

Mad about property-tax increase? Assessors in Western Washington are bracing for your questions

An increase in the state’s portion of the property tax to fund schools is hitting many taxpayers hard in Western Washington.

This year is shaping up to be more difficult than recent years for the “bearer of bad news” job of county assessor. That’s because residents across the state are getting hit with an unusually large property-tax increase, largely driven by a state property-tax hike approved by the Legislature last year.

County-assessor offices far and wide say they are ready for your questions as bills begin reaching property owners this week. King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson said he has been speaking to more realtors, senior centers and business, labor and community groups than he has in the past to educate as many people as possible about the changes. “I feel like Paul Revere,” Wilson said.

Wilson isn’t alone. Phil Cook, Kitsap County’s assessor, has been hitting the speaking circuit harder than in years past, giving presentations to 22 groups, including chambers of commerce, service clubs and landlord associations. The increase in speaking engagements is also happening in Pierce and Snohomish counties. Linda Hjelle, Snohomish County assessor, says she doubled her outreach efforts this year. “I really felt it was important that people understood the impact as soon as possible,” she said.

The impact is real. In addition to the higher state property tax, many cities and counties have passed various levies that have added to the increase.King County on average is seeing a nearly 17 percent property-tax increase, Snohomish County a 16 percent jump, Kitsap County 12 percent and Pierce County 11.5 percent.

Those increases are sure to get the attention of homeowners. The owner of a median-valued home in Seattle ($597,000) will pay about $825 more than the owner of a median-valued home last year. Across the lake in Bellevue, the owner of a median-valued home ($791,000) will pay $1,300 more than the owner of a median-valued home last year.

Property taxes are jumping sharply this year after the Legislature came up with a plan to pay for the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary decision from 2012, when the court ruled the state wasn’t adequately funding public education. The result, after years of haggling, was about a $1 increase on every $1,000 of assessed valuation to pay for the required school funding.

The state’s county assessors have been pushing legislators to provide relief to those most vulnerable to increases. A bill in the Washington state House would allow counties and cities to extend exemptions from any portion of a property tax impacted by a levy-lid lift to senior citizens, people with disabilities and veterans. Presently, there are some relief programs available for those who qualify for assistance.

Being ready for public blow back is nothing new for an assessor’s office. Cook said his office is prepared to answer questions from the public even in a year where increases are minor. “Every year when tax bills go out we hear about it,” he said.

See Phil Cook’s Tax explanation here.

What Cook did differently this year, in addition to more speaking engagements, was to offer scripted answers for other county departments that might get phone calls. If callers aren’t satisfied or want more details, they will be transferred to the assessor’s office, where he and his staff are prepared to talk in detail about the reasons behind this year’s jump.

Assessor offices in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties also prepared staffers to address questions related to the increase and the Legislature’s response to the McCleary decision. Cook’s office is providing people who contact them with the numbers for Kitsap County legislators.

Both Kitsap and Pierce counties made videos posted to their websites explaining the 2018 property-tax increase. The counties have upped the number of press releases they send out and are issuing envelope stuffers explaining the changes to go out with the bills.

Mike Lonergan, assessor-treasurer for Pierce County, said the attention property taxes are getting is a chance to educate people about what their taxes pay for and why they are changing.

“We know people are going to be shocked when they get their statements,” he said. “That’s what the assessors are trying to do … give the whole picture to people about what is happening this year.”

All this outreach effort might not be enough for people suddenly paying hundreds of dollars more this year in an expensive region. But it is important for governments to try, Cook said. “They may still be upset, but at least they understand what is coming. That way it isn’t a surprise when they get their bill later this week,” he said.

Seattle Times Feb 16, 2018  article by Ryan Blethen

Feb 22: KAPO Dinner Speakers Phil Cook and Meredith Green

 

 

 

 

TAXES   TAXES   TAXES   

Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners our Dinner guests for February 22 Dinner Meeting are Phil Cook, County Assessor and Meredith Green, County Treasurer.  They are excited to come and sit with us and do the break down on what seems to be an overabundance of taxation and what was voted in by the people and what appears as an overabundance of State authorized and approved taxes.

How did this seem to sneak up by thousands? Both are here to help us be very clear on how taxes are created and by who.  Phil Cooks job is assessing your property with a fair value and Meredith Green collects and manages where the money goes in the county.  Both managers are elected by the people.  Both managers are very concerned that you and I and the voting public be educated about taxes.

We are always going to have taxes so come and learn from the people who live with them every day. Meet for dinner February 22 at 5:00PM at McClouds Grill House 2901 Perry Ave. Bremerton, WA. 98310 no rsvp required.

Question? Call Jackie (360)990-1088

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