Personal property — Distraint and sale, notice, property incapable of manual delivery, property about to be removed or disposed of.
(1) The county treasurer must proceed to collect all personal property taxes after first completing the tax roll for the current year's collection.
(2) The treasurer must give notice by mail to all persons charged with personal property taxes, and if such taxes are not paid before they become delinquent, the treasurer must commence delinquent collection efforts. A delinquent collection charge for costs incurred by the treasurer may be added to the account.
(3) In the event that the treasurer is unable to collect the taxes when due under this section, the treasurer must prepare papers in distraint, which must contain a description of the personal property, the amount of taxes, the amount of the accrued interest at the rate provided by law from the date of delinquency, and the name of the owner or reputed owner.
(a) The treasurer must without demand or notice distrain sufficient goods and chattels belonging to the person charged with such taxes to pay the same, with interest at the rate provided by law from the date of delinquency, together with all accruing costs, and must proceed to advertise the same by posting written notices in three public places in the county in which such property has been distrained, one of which places must be at the county courthouse, such notice to state the time when and place where such property will be sold.
(b) The county treasurer, or the treasurer's deputy, must tax the same fees for making the distraint and sale of goods and chattels for the payment of taxes as are allowed by law to sheriffs for making levy and sale of property on execution; traveling fees to be computed from the county seat of the county to the place of making distraint.
(c) If the taxes for which such property is distrained, and the interest and costs accruing thereon, are not paid before the date appointed for such sale, which may not be less than ten days after the taking of such property, such treasurer or treasurer's designee must proceed to sell such property at public auction, or so much thereof as is sufficient to pay such taxes, with interest and costs, and if there be any excess of money arising from the sale of any personal property, the treasurer must pay such excess less any cost of the auction to the owner of the property so sold or to his or her legal representative.
(d) If necessary to distrain any standing timber owned separately from the ownership of the land upon which the same may stand, or any fish trap, pound net, reef net, set net, or drag seine fishing location, or any other personal property as the treasurer determines to be incapable or reasonably impracticable of manual delivery, it is deemed to have been distrained and taken into possession when the treasurer has, at least thirty days before the date fixed for the sale thereof, filed with the auditor of the county wherein such property is located a notice in writing reciting that the treasurer has distrained such property, describing it, giving the name of the owner or reputed owner, the amount of the tax due, with interest, and the time and place of sale. A copy of the notice must also be sent to the owner or reputed owner at his or her last known address, by registered letter at least thirty days prior to the date of sale.
(e) If the county treasurer has reasonable grounds to believe that any personal property, including mobile homes, manufactured homes, or park model trailers, upon which taxes have been levied, but not paid, is about to be removed from the county where the same has been assessed, or is about to be destroyed, sold, or disposed of, the county treasurer may demand such taxes, without the notice provided for in this section, and if necessary may distrain sufficient goods and chattels to pay the same.
[2013 c 239 § 4; 2009 c 350 § 2; 2007 c 295 § 5; 1991 c 245 § 19; (1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 10 § 2 expired December 31, 1976); 1961 c 15 § 84.56.070. Prior: 1949 c 21 § 2; 1935 c 30 § 4; 1933 c 33 § 1; 1925 ex.s. c 130 § 86; Rem. Supp. 1949 § 11247; prior: 1915 c 137 § 1; 1911 c 24 § 2; 1899 c 141 § 7; 1897 c 71 § 71; 1895 c 176 § 15; 1893 c 124 § 72; 1890 p 561 § 87; Code 1881 § 2903. Formerly RCW 84.56.070, 84.56.080, and 84.56.100.]
| Findings -- 2013 c 239: See note following RCW 84.56.020.|
Issuance of warrant: RCW 84.56.075.