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  • Annual Revaluation Project -- Coming Soon to a County Near You

    Newsletter article, Property Tax Review, June 2007 Announcement of the Annual Revaluation Project.

  • County Revaluation Cycles -- 2009 Assessment Year

    One page summary of each county's revaluation cycle for 2009

    • Maximize Your Investment in PI

      Newsletter Article, Property Tax Review, June 2007 edition Topics addressed in the article: Physical Inspections, Property Characteristics & Coding

    • Revaluation and Inspection Cycles--A Plan for Change

      Newsletter Article, Property Tax Review, March 2004 edition Topics addressed in the article: Inspection Areas, Market Areas, Neighborhoods, Property Characteristics

    • County Sales Validation Process Innovations

      Newsletter article, Property Tax Review, September 2007 edition A brief news article on Sales Validation processes used by Washington State counties.

    • Preliminary Findings on Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) Vendors Serving Washington State Counties

      This summary gives an overview of CAMA and CAMA-administrative software currently being used, and also software that is expected to be implemented in 2008 and 2009 in Washington State. Information is current as of February 2008. In addition it includes information on the following:

      • General information on software vendors, including vendor contact information
      • Software vendors and the counties they serve (or are expected to serve)
      • Descriptive statistics on counties by vendor (parcels, staff, etc)
      • Some detailed information on the three most widely used software vendors (general software information and hardware requirements)
    • Comparison of Three Common Statistical Programs Available to Washington State County Assessors: SAS, SPSS and NCSS

      This summary compares three common statistical software packages available to county assessors in Washington State. This includes SAS, SPSS and NCSS. Information is current as of February 2008. In addition it includes information on the following:

      • General statistics software information, including vendor contact information
      • Statistical and procedural components
      • Cost estimates
      • Counties in Washington using statistics software
      • Other statistics software available
    • Annual Revaluation Grant Information

      General grant information, quarterly grant revenue charts, county grant requests, grant documents and instructions, grant administrator contact information.

      MARS- Modeling Analysis ReSource

      MARS (Modeling Analysis ReSource) is a free modeling tool developed by the DOR and based on Excel that is available to the Counties for use in mass appraisal. It is designed to help bridge the gap between modeling theory and the construction of your formulas and/or tables. For more information or for a copy of MARS please contact Marilyn O'Connell. (Posted May 2010)

      Planning for Annual Revaluation:

      • Preparation for Conversion to Annual Revaluation

        Newsletter article, Property Tax Review, Dec 2008 A summary of steps to ease the transition from cyclical revaluation to annual revaluation.

      • Annual Valuation Conversion Work Flow Diagram

        This diagram gives a visual summarization of the general Categories and Focus Areas that the tasks from the Conversion Work Plan fall into. It is a one page snapshot of the areas that will likely need attention as you convert to annual valuations. (Posted October 2009)

      • Annual Valuation Conversion Work Plan

        The "County Conversion Work Plan" is a tool for identifying, tracking and managing the detailed steps for converting from cyclical valuations to annual valuations. It is free from the DOR and based on Excel. As a starting point it contains over 100 common steps or tasks and the likely timeframe for each of those steps. These can be added to or modified for a county's specific challenges. It provides for a listing of tasks, for tracking of task assignments, percentage complete and status, for multiple filter options and for two different formats of timelines. For more information or for a copy of the County Conversion Work Plan please contact Marilyn O'Connell. (Posted October 2009)

      Assessor offices that have volunteered to act as resources (contact one of the DOR employees above for detailed contact info).