Avoid Increased Building Costs

Do you want to avoid increased building costs involved with the “NEW BUILDING CODES”? Then it is imperative that you accomplish the following steps BEFORE OCTOBER 19TH, 2023.

New building codes will be going into effect on October 29, 2023. One of the most dangerous parts of those new codes is the;

…removal of your right to freely choose to use propane as a source of energy and/or heat in your home.

In our community, this edict could easily be a death sentence in the middle of winter. We historically loose electrical power for extended periods of time during sub-zero freezing weather.


  1. Using the “destroyed property” reduced (form), we will signup to get the tax valuation. See a previous blog article explaining thought on that, 3 -Year-Tax-Break for Disaster Victims
  2. We have already drawn a plot diagram of our land and marked where our “destroyed home” had been and also noted where water, septic and temporary electric are located.
  3. We plan to fill-out demolition permit paperwork at the Spokane County Building Department Office. The cost for half a year long demolition permit has been reduced, from $325 to $25. We don’t need an asbestos permit to file this paperwork, because we can get it later (see #5). This demolition permit can later be changed into a building permit. Again, protection from the new more expensive codes forced in the October 29th edition.
  4. Construction permit paperwork, if we can not get it done in time (submitted before Oct 29th, 2023) we face a, “NO PROPANE” dismal situation.
  5. ASBESTOS TEST? Is there is a mortgage on your home? We are going to check with our Mortgage Company to ask them to pay for the testing. They are required to have asbestos testing in their insurance coverage for each home loan. If they do not have this, then call The Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 800-562-6900 and report them.

DEADLINE to Appeal

Assessed Value 2024 Tax NoticeThe DEADLINE to Appeal your property tax valuation to the Board of Appeal is July 3, 2023! Look for your notice in the mail right away. If you fail to meet this deadline, then you will not be able to do a darn thing about the increases that they have decided on. This valuation statement/notice is what they base tax rates on later in the bill, payments you have to make in April and October of 2024.

Do you disagree with the values that the Spokane County Assessor has assigned to your home and property? If the answer to this question is yes, please make it a point to follow through and file an appeal. We will gladly help you get through it.

The appeal process is a handful of paperwork, but it is worth it. Express your concerns to the offices that are making insane cuts into your household budget by raising taxes higher and higher until you can no longer stay current. Our home has done this process last year, and plan to appeal it every year till this trend of unaccountability stops.

Here is a sample response that can be downloaded and used with minor changes to record your own property tax information. It is available in both “Word” “AssessedValue2024TaxExample
“PDF” “AssessedValue2024TaxExample” formats.

If you don’t agree with the increased valuation amounts, please reply to the assessor’s office right away. Then, also to the Board of Equalization…. before it is too late.