Chapter 6


STATEMENTS OF CONSIDERATION


          Section 1. Authority.


          These rules are promulgated under authority of W.S. 16-3-103, W.S. 39-11-102.1 and W.S. 34-1-142.


          Section 2. Purpose.


          These rules are intended to clarify the undefined and ambiguous portions of W.S. 34-1-142, and establish uniform procedures to facilitate the processing and transfer of information disclosed in a statement of consideration ("statement").


          Section 3. Approved Form; Retention; Prohibition.


          (a)      The three-part, carbon-pack statement of consideration form approved by the State Board ("Board"), or a computer-generated emulation in the same format containing the same information, is hereby adopted as the prescribed form to implement W.S. 34-1-142, and is incorporated herein by reference.


          (b)      Assessors shall retain their copies of the statements, excluding those for which exclusions were granted, for a minimum of three years. Statements for which exclusions were granted may be destroyed at any time pursuant to assessor's office policies.


          (c)      No County official shall retain or destroy the State Board copy of the statement.


          Section 4. Exclusions. Reserved


Section 4 Repealed (date)


          Section 5. County Assessor Responsibilities-Verification.


          (a)      The office of each county assessor shall:


                     (i)       Review and confirm, as necessary, all data on each statement. The information on the statement shall be confirmed or verified by contacting buyers, sellers or others if:


                                (A)      There is reason to believe the data on the statement is not complete or accurate;


                                (B)      The sale represents a less common type of property;


                                (C)     The sale price is significantly higher or lower than the current assessor estimate of fair market value;


                                (D)     The sale is part of a sample of single-family sales which are routinely confirmed by audit or exception; or


                                (E)      Other considerations are present which make the sale significant for analysis.


                     (ii)                 If appropriate, adjust sales information for financing, personal property, time of sale, and corrections obtained through verification. No adjustment to sales price shall be made for real estate commissions, closing costs, title insurance or property taxes, unless the buyer agrees to pay all the commission or all the taxes, in which case the amounts of the payments shall be added to the sales price.


                     (iii)Complete the information within the box on the statement entitled "for use by county assessor only". Sales which are determined to be invalid shall be identified by writing in the box the appropriate CAMA invalidation code (pursuant to Section 6(c) of this Chapter). Documentation supporting the reason for invalidation shall be preserved with the assessor copy of the statement.

 

                     (iv)                Enter the factual sales information for all valid sales into the computer assisted mass appraisal system (CAMA).


                     (v)      Sort the statements into the following groups: “exclusions”, "invalid" and "valid" and send them to the Board at Herschler Building, 122 West 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-0110, on or before thirty days of entry of sales information in the CAMA system and no later than March 1 of the following year.


          Section 6. County Assessor Responsibilities - Data Input.


          (a)      Every sale that is not excluded shall be entered in CAMA.

 

          (b)      The source of the verification of the sales information on the statement shall be entered into CAMA as follows:


                     (i)       "1" indicating the information was confirmed with the buyer;


                     (ii)                 "2" indicating the information was confirmed with the seller;


                     (iii) "3" indicating the information was confirmed with the agent; or


                     (iv)                "4" indicating the information on the statement was deemed accurate and was not confirmed through the buyer, seller or agent.


          (c)      Valid sales shall be indicated by inserting a "0" (zero); invalid sales shall be identified by the most appropriate CAMA code for the transaction, as follows:


                     (i)       "1" for sales involving additional parcels, trades or common property, including:

 

                                (A)      Additional parcels (where two or more parcels are sold and the value of the individual parcels cannot be ascertained);


                                (B)      Trades (where the value of the traded properties cannot be ascertained); or


                                (C)     Incomplete or unbuilt common property, if the sale suggests the price is influenced by promises to complete common elements at some later date.


                     (ii)                 "2" for sales which were not exposed to the open market, or the marketing time for the property could not be considered normal.


                     (iii)"3" for sales in which the physical characteristics of the property have changed or are incorrect, as follows:

 

                                (A)      The physical characteristics (which influence value) changed after the sale; or


                                (B)      Sales involving property whose property characteristics (which influence value) do not match the characteristics of the property on January 1st of the assessment year.


                     (iv)                "4" for sales between relatives or corporate affiliates.


                     (v)      "5" for liquidations or forced sales including:


                                (A)      Sales involving courts, government agencies and public utilities, if such sales suggest an element of compulsion or a desire to convey surplus property;


                                (B)      Sales in which a financial institution as a lienholder is the buyer, unless invalidating such sales results in an inadequate sample, or if such sales constitute a major portion of the market (as in depressed areas). If such sales are used, adjustments shall be considered for any differences in price from conventionally financed sales;


                                (C)     Sale settling an estate, if such sale suggests an element of compulsion (such as satisfying the decedent's debts or the wishes of an heir);


                                (D)     Forced sales, including those resulting from a judicial order where the seller is usually a sheriff, receiver or other court officer; or


                                (E)      Transfers between former spouses as part of a divorce proceeding.


                     (vi)                "6" for sales involving abnormal financing, land contracts, sales of convenience, sales of doubtful title or partial interests, such as:


                                (A)      Sales which involve abnormal financing (such as terms which are not normal in the market and cannot be adjusted to reflect current market);


                                (B)      Sales involving land contracts, unless sufficient information is available for reasonable adjustments for time and financing;


                                (C)     Sales of convenience, which may be intended to correct defects in a title or serve some similar purpose;


                                (D)     Sales of doubtful title; or


                                (E)      Sales involving partial interests, unless it may be reasonably assumed from several concurrent sales, the sum of the partial interests fairly indicates the sale price of the total property.


                     (vii) "7" for sales involving excessive personal property, or any other situation which makes the sale not an "arms length" transaction, and for which supporting documentation is developed. Other situations may include:


                                (A)      When objective circumstances suggest either the buyer or seller or both were not well informed;


                                (B)      When data for the sale is incomplete and unverifiable; or


                                (C)     For sales involving charitable, religious or educational institutions, if such sales suggest an element of philanthropy or restrictive covenants.


                     (viii)               "8" for sales involving sales of agricultural property valued on productivity.


                     (ix)                           “9" for sales involving a situation which makes the sale not an “arm’s length” transaction. An explanation shall be made in the sales notes.

 

          Section 7. Statement Processing.


                     The Board may request the Department to assist the Board to confirm a sample of sales within each county to ensure that sales processing, validation and adjustment procedures are understood and followed uniformly.


          Section 8. Exclusion Requests.


          Any person requesting an exclusion pursuant to W.S. 34-1-142(c)(viii) shall submit to the Board and Department of Revenue, in writing, sufficient details concerning the transaction to enable the Board to determine whether sales-related information would be useful or relevant in determining sales-price ratios. A joint written Board and Department decision on the exclusion request shall be issued. The decision shall constitute final agency action subject to review by the appropriate district court.