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By Melody Wagoner

Others getting raw deal on valuations?

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

Wondering about the new property assessment notices that have been mailed out? Did anyone else (besides us) have their property values increase by 75 percent on land that is subpar for living and/or building upon? Please contact us via email or regular mail: Mark and Melody Wagoner, 577 Bickleton Highway, Goldendale, WA 98620, or at Our reason is simple. We have seven acres of scrub land with power poles going right through the middle of it off of Bickleton Highway. The old assessed value was $11,500 and jumped to $40,000 in the new system. There are no improvements, the land hasn’t changed in any way, and we plan to file an appeal. We just want to k...

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