URGENT: The 2024 Legislative Session is our opportunity to propose the “Public Area Safety & Enhancement Directive (“PASSED”), which must be adopted. It has been 23-years since the Nisqually earthquake, without significant progress, which will require a viable a more viable finance vehicle than C-PACER. We need legislation that will enable all Un-Reinforced Masonry (“URM”) building owners to make the seismic improvements necessary to protect occupants in residential and commercial structures, and pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks.

We propose to abate collection on real property taxes due for only Assessed Value-Improvements, up to a maximum of 15-years, with the total amount abated not to exceed Eighty-Five (“85%”) percent of the certified actual cost to meet seismic standards, State required energy performance updates under (RCW 19.27A.220), and tenant relocation expenses. Property Tax abatement would terminate to a new owner upon any sale.

URM structures have contributed taxes for decades and contributed to the MFPTE program that created direct competition for their tenants, while housing residents and businesses that contribute to our city, county and state economy in more ways than from just taxes. This accommodation will preserve their service to our communities for the next 60+ years, regardless of historical designation or rent affordability requirements, and is necessary to avoid substantial demolition.

Seattle’s Resolution 32033 was signed on December 13, 2021 and Sect. 3. J. directs SDCI and OEM to “Submit legislation establishing the mandatory URM program for council to consider”. They released a Retrofit Technical Standards “Draft” on June 30, 2023, with no similar “Draft” on policies that identify penalties for non-compliance violations as of 1-4-24.

The King County Assessor does NOT distinguish between Reinforced and URM structures in their Mass Appraisal model, which may be a “Manifest Error” in Description. To dispute your Property’s Assessed Value, download the “Paid Under Protest” form below and include with your next Property Tax payment to preserve any surviving rights you may have to appeal prior years. When appealing Assessed Value through the County’s Board of Equalization, or State Board of Tax Appeals, always specify “Formal Appeal” to preserve all of your rights.

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