Chapter 13.20
SEWER ASSESSMENT PROTESTS

Sections:

13.20.010    Purpose.

13.20.020    Protests of Assessments – Filing.

13.20.030    Protests of Assessments – Contents.

13.20.040    Protests of Assessments – Notice of Hearing.

13.20.050    Protest Hearings – Procedures.

13.20.060    Protests of Assessments – Examiner's Decision.

13.20.070    Confirmation of Assessment Roll.

13.20.080    Severability.

13.20.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish provisions and procedures applicable to protests of sewer assessments in connection with Pierce County Utility Local improvement Districts (hereinafter ULID's). The authority for such rules and regulations is contained in RCW 36.94.250 and 36.94.260. The intent of the County Council (hereinafter Council) is to delegate its authority to hold such assessment protest hearings to the Office of the Pierce County Hearing Examiner (hereinafter Examiner). (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.020 Protests of Assessments – Filing.

In accordance with RCW 36.94.250, any protest of an assessment shall be filed by mail or otherwise with the Clerk of the Council not less than 15 days or more than 45 days from the date of first publication of the notice for the assessment roll for the ULID. All protests filed in a timely manner shall be given a docket number and the date received shall be stamped thereon by the Clerk as prima facie evidence of the date of filing. (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.030 Protests of Assessments – Contents.

Protests of assessments filed with the Clerk of the Council shall contain the name and mailing address of the property owner, as well as the parcel number of the property, the assessment of which is being protested. Further, the protest shall contain all of the grounds upon which the protesting party considers the assessment to be unjust or unlawful. The protest should also contain a request for relief, including the specific nature and extent of the relief sought. Every protest must be signed by the property owner or his or her authorized representative. (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.040 Protests of Assessments – Notice of Hearing.

Notices shall be mailed at least 15 days prior to any hearing to the owners or reputed owners of all assessable parcels in the ULlD as they appear on the books of the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer. (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.050 Protests of Assessments – Hearing Procedures.

The Examiner shall conduct all protest hearings in accordance with the procedures in PCC 1.22.110. (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.060 Protests of Assessments – Examiner's Decision.

The Examiner shall render a decision on any protest in accordance with the provisions in PCC 1.22.120.

The Examiner's decision is final and is not subject to reconsideration by the Examiner and shall be appealable only to a court of competent jurisdiction.

(Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.070 Confirmation of Assessment Roll.

Once any and all protest hearings of the Hearing Examiner in connection with any ULID have been completed, the County Council shall hold a hearing on whether the assessment roll should be approved or confirmed. At the conclusion of such hearing, the Council shall either approve the assessment roll by ordinance or resolution, or it shall set aside the roll and order that the assessments be made de novo.

(Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)

13.20.080 Severability.

If any provision of this Chapter or its application is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remainder of the Chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. (Ord. 2013-25s § 2 (part), 2013)