WSR 06-07-160

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE


[ Filed March 22, 2006, 10:22 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 458-40-660 Timber excise tax--Stumpage value tables.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 84.33.096, 82.32.300, and 82.01.060(2).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 84.33.091 requires the department to revise the stumpage value tables every six months. The department establishes stumpage value tables to apprise timber harvesters of the timber values on which the timber excise tax is calculated. As to the second half 2006 stumpage value adoption (WAC 458-40-660), beside the stumpage values itself, we are proposing to redefine the "Volume per Acre" harvest adjustment classes for the Eastside (SVA 6 & 7), to simplify the reporting. Currently we have three classes with a lot of reporting falling on the break between classes 2 and 3, at 3 MBF per acre.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Although the United States Forest Service and Washington state department of natural resources both regulate forest practices, neither is involved in valuation for taxation purposes. The nontax processes and definitions are coordinated with these agencies to avoid conflict, but there should be no need to involve them in the valuation revisions provided in this rule.

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in this rule making may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by providing written comments throughout this rule making or giving oral testimony at the public meeting or public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or at the public meeting. Oral comments will be accepted at the public meeting. A preliminary draft of the proposed changes will be available upon request shortly before the public meeting. Written comments on and/or requests for copies of the rule may be directed to Mark E. Bohe, Interpretations and Technical Advice Unit, P.O. Box 47453, Olympia, WA 98504-7453, e-mail MarkBohe@dor.wa.gov, phone (360) 570-6133, fax (360) 586-5543.

Public Meeting Location: Capital Plaza Building, 4th Floor, L&P Large Conference Room, 1025 Union Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA, on April 27, 2006, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sandy Davis no later than ten days before the hearing date at TTY 1-800-451-7985 or (360) 570-6175.

March 22, 2006

Alan R. Lynn

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office