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A. Hearing Examiner’s Authority. The City’s land use Hearing Examiner is hereby provided jurisdiction to hear appeals of the decisions of the Director under this chapter. Said appeals shall be as follows:

1. Appeal of a decision of the Director that the owner/applicant is not entitled to a final certificate of tax exemption, filed with the City Clerk within thirty (30) days of notification by the City to the owner/applicant of denial of a final certificate of tax exemption.

2. Appeal of a cancellation of tax exemption, filed with the City Clerk within thirty (30) days of the notification by the City to the owner/applicant of cancellation.

B. Appeal Hearing Procedures. The Hearing Examiner’s procedures shall apply to hearings under this chapter to the extent they are consistent with the requirement of this chapter and Chapter 84.14 RCW. The Hearing Examiner shall give substantial weight to the Director’s decision and the burden of overcoming the weight shall be on the appellant. The decision of the Examiner constitutes the final decision of the City. An aggrieved party may appeal the decision to Superior Court under RCW 34.05.510 through 34.05.598 if the appeal is properly filed within thirty (30) days of notification by the City to the appellant of that decision. (Ord. 2366, 2019)

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