Rising Cost of Doing Business
Got this in an email yesterday:
During the Survey Advisory Board’s spring meeting yesterday, the Auditor’s Association let the board know that the Washington State legislature passed HB 1277 on April 24th. Our understanding of HB 1277 is that this will add a $100.00 fee on top of all other existing recording fees collected by the Auditor, and will affect map recordings. This was passed as an “additional revenue source for eviction prevention and housing stability” and beginning July 1, 2021.
This is likely not the only surprise coming from this Legislative session.
Hoping this doesn't turn political; but what does recording a survey have to do with preventing evictions and housing stability?
Every time my health insurance goes up my fees go up.
Well I think going "political" will answer your question
I thought requiring surveys to be recorded was the holy grail?
This is sort of a reverse on one thing our state did a few years back. The charge for recording a mortgage had pretty much always been based on the size of the mortgage, with a minimum charge of $XX. They kept the $XX and deleted the part based on the size of the mortgage. This became a huge hit on the income side to operate the Register of Deeds department. An employee, that they really needed, had to be cut and funding was diverted from other departments to make up the shortage.