On December 10th, 2023, the Belfair Acreage Tracts Association Board members held a budget ratification meeting in accordance with RCW 64.90.525. Prior to this meeting the Board members adopted a proposed budget for 2024 and mailed it out to all property owners in the community in the required timeframe. At that meeting only 28 out of 124 properties were represented. For the budget to have been rejected, there would need to be 63 rejection “votes”, which means legally the budget should have passed at that meeting. At the request of the community, the Board agreed to extend the timeline for the “voting”. A new budget letter was mailed out (with an enclosed ballot) with instructions for the community to respond back by December 30th. The option was given to respond by mail or email. A final check of the mail was done today (January 8th) and here are the results. There were 47 rejections letters received by the December 30th deadline and 4 received after the deadline. This is not enough to reject the budget, therefore the proposed budget is now ratified. Invoices for the 2024 annual assessment of $759.83 will be mailed out in the next week. At the budget meeting the Board offered to accept the annual assessment in monthly payments of $63.32 but a community member pointed out that our bylaws only allow for ½ payment ($379.92) by January 10th and ½ payment ($379.91) by June 10th. Full payment of $759.83 can be paid in January. Payments are delinquent 10 days after the due date and liens will be filed 30 days after that. Due to the extension of the budget process, the due date for January will be extended to February 20th. If you need to make special payment arrangements, please contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since most of the budget increase was for roadwork on Alderwood, we encourage everyone to get their payments in as soon as possible, as we currently don’t have the funds to start any roadwork.
Those individuals that signed payment contracts in 2023 that did not make all their payments will have liens filed on their properties unless brought up to date by January 31st.
BATA HOA Board meetings will be held the second Sunday of the month at the Timberland Library. Time of meetings has been changed to 4:30pm. All homeowners are welcome to attend.
Yes, you can shoot on your property in Washington because there are no state laws that restrict this. However, depending on where you are, local authorities may have their own rules.
This is because in Washington, counties, cities, towns, and other municipalities are allowed to effect ordinances affecting the ownership, buying, and selling of firearms.
The only way to find out what they are is by contacting the local sheriff’s office for more information. Once you are in the clear, you can then set up a shooting area.
The top things to pay attention to are:
For you to enjoy target shooting, you need to ensure that your property meets the stipulations set out. According to the Washington State Legislature, these include:
There are also rules when it comes to picking a target. You can only use a target commercially or domestically made for the purpose of target shooting. You cannot use the following as targets:
You are also not allowed to shoot half an hour after sunset or before sunrise
Washington does not have a castle doctrine law in place but it does have stipulations concerning the use of lethal force. You can use lethal force when you have certain belief that you or those around you are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. This is according to an article by William K. Kirk Attorney at Law.
The danger of great bodily harm must be that which if not stopped could lead to extensive physical damage or death. Thus, lethal force is only applicable if your life is in danger and not in protection of property, whether it is your home, car or place of business. You are required to stand down in these situations unless your life is at risk.
As you store your weapons at home, you need to keep in mind the safe storage laws that were enacted in Washington to prevent community endangerment. Leaving your weapon haphazardly can constitute a felony. According to the NRA-ILA, these felonies include:
Punishment can include prison time. People not allowed to access weapons may include felons, children and those who are mentally ill.
Shooting on your property in Washington is dependent on whether there are any local laws that prohibit the same. This may be in form of distance rules, noise ordinances or outright restrictions. The best way to be safe is to contact the sheriff and find out whether there are any laws you should know about.
BURN BAN UPDATE - In accordance with a policy of the Mason County Commissioners to be consistent with the Dept. of Natural Resources and restrict certain burning activities when the National Fire Danger Rating System is at a “High” level, effective 1201 AM on Friday July 7, 2023, recreational burning (campfires, cooking, including charcoal grills and pleasure fires in a concrete, rock or steel ring) shall be prohibited on all Mason County lands not under DNR or Federal jurisdiction. Please note that Residential and Land Clearing burning were restricted in June which means no type of open burning will be permitted in the County. Your cooperation in helping keep Mason County fire safe this fire season is appreciated.
If you have any animals on your property, please make sure they are properly contained (fenced, caged, chained, etc.) There have been several issues with loose dogs in our neighborhood. If you are walking outside on the roads or in the woods, it is a good idea to carry bear mace or wasp spray for protection. In addition to a few escaping farm animals, we also have bears, cougars and coyotes in the area.
One method of filling a pothole is to break the edges around the hole with a flat pick straight down. Rake debris from the hole. Fill the hole with the larger rock about 3" deep, and then seal it with the smaller gravel. You can use your truck tire if possible and run it over a few times to pack it down. Rake the excess to smooth out. The hole then becomes part of the road. Make sure to warm up your back a little before shoveling.