Thurston County Board of Equalization

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Office Information

Customer Service Hours

Due to budget constraints and reductions in staffing, we are unable to offer regular office hours for customer service. To ensure that staff will be available to assist you, please contact our office in advance of your visit to make an appointment for consultation and document review. Please call 360-786-5135, TDD 360-754-2933, or send e-mail to elderr@co.thurston.wa.us to request an appointment with the BOE staff.

In the event that our office is closed, documents can be slipped under our office door, deposited in the Human Resources drop box (outside of Room 202 in Building 4), or deposited in the main courthouse complex drop box on the circular drive nearest to Building 1.

Staff Contact

Ruth Elder, Clerk / Manager
Board of Equalization

Phone

Office: 360-786-5135
TDD: 360-754-2933

Email

elderr@co.thurston.wa.us

Mailing Address

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502-6045

Street Address

Map County Building 4,
Room 117
929 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Meeting Location

Map County Building 1
Room 152
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

ABOUT THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

The Thurston County Board of Equalization is a quasi-judicial board comprised of three citizen members who are appointed for three-year terms by the Thurston County Commissioners. Three alternate members are also appointed by the County Commissioners to serve when regular Board members are absent. The Board is established by the laws of Washington State and governed by the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR), pursuant to RCW 84.08.020 and 84.08.060.

The Board is separate from and operates independently of the Thurston County Assessor. It adjudicates appeals of assessed property valuations and other determinations of the Assessor, with a goal of providing an impartial and economical forum to hear and decide appeals brought by taxpayers. The Board is also responsible for equalizing the assessed values so that all real and personal properties in Thurston County are assessed equitably at 100 percent of their true and fair value, with comparable properties assessed at comparable values.

On July 15th of each year, or the following business day if the 15th falls on a weekend, the Board convenes to begin its regular session. It remains in session until all taxpayer appeals are heard or otherwise resolved. Hearings of the Board are open to the public except for confidential proceedings involving proprietary business information. Hearings are held during business hours, usually in Building One, Room 152 of the Thurston County Courthouse, located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia.

The Board’s Clerk and staff are employees of Thurston County; however, they perform their duties under the direction, and serve at the pleasure, of the Board, pursuant to RCW 84.48.028.

Current members of the Board are:
     Paula Strain, Chairman
     John Morrison, Vice Chair
     Robert Shirley

Alternate Members of the Board are:
     John Graver
     James Harvison
     Jean Sheridan