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Today’s News


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The Washington State Legislature has passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, each income threshold is increased by five thousand dollars ($ 5,000.00). 
The maximum thresholds for 2015 and subsequent income years are now $ 40,000.00 for the
Tax Exemption Program and $ 45,000.00 for the Deferral Program. See information.
 

Property Revaluation News


The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office's  Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically revalued. The current annual physical inspection area for revaluation in 2018, for property taxes in 2019, is Cycle Area 3 (see inspection area map, quick view, or detailed view). It includes portions or all of Northeast Central Whatcom County, North of Kelly Rd, East of Hannegan Rd and includes Strandell, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Deming, Kendall, Maple Falls and Glacier.

There are important items that are anticipated to create questions and concerns for Whatcom County Taxpayers. The general real estate market for the majority of real property has been appreciating at an accelerating rate. The majority of assessed value changes demonstrate this activity similarly. Shifting amongst individual tax burdens, although present, is not the prevalent cause for property tax increases. (see below) 

NEW LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The 2017 Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 2242 to meet the Washington State Supreme Court mandated obligation to fully fund basic education. The new law in addition to other education related requirements, makes changes which:

  • Increase property taxes imposed by the state. (see below)
  • Limit certain voter-approved property taxes imposed by school districts.
  • Facilitate state funding for certain school districts.

EHB 2242 temporarily changes the state property tax levy from a budget-based system to a frozen rate-based system and increases the tax rate to a new level for 4 consecutive years. In the first year, Whatcom County's specific rate for State taxes due in 2018 will increase from 
$ 2.23 to approximately $ 3.20 per thousand dollars of assessed value. This will provide an approximate 55% increase (except Senior Citizen and Disabled Person exemption program participants) in the State Tax Dollar portion of your tax bill. For additional information on this new law:

The 2018 Tax Year Assessment Roll has been certified and delivered to the County Treasurer. The 2018 Order of Levy is summarized in the Levy Year in Review 2018. 
  

Term


The Assessor is elected to a 4-year term, nonpartisan position. The current term is from January, 2016, to January, 2020. 
 

Mission


Maintain the integrity of a professional property tax administration. Equitably list and establish taxable value for all real and taxable personal property in the county, used to distribute tax responsibility. Deliver irrefutable excellence in customer service.
 

Services


Established by state constitution and laws, directed by the Department of Revenue, the Assessor´s Office:


Important: On line "Fill-in" Forms are provided to assist taxpayers, however, "Fill-in" forms cannot be submitted on-line. Many forms require submittal with valid signatures. If you have questions, please contact the Assessor's Office.