County reminds homeowners to pay property taxes soon

April 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. April 21, 2011

King County reminded property owners recently to pay or postmark first-half property taxes by May 2.

The deadline applies in 2011 because the usual deadline, April 30, falls on a Saturday. The remaining taxes must be paid or postmarked by Oct. 31. If a property owner misses the May 2 deadline, the county adds interest charges and penalties to the tax bill.

Most Issaquah homeowners should pay about 29 cents more per $1,000 in assessed value on the property tax bills starting to arrive in mailboxes across King County. Inside Issaquah city limits, homeowners pay, on average, $11.13 in property taxes per $1,000 in assessed value. The total amounted to $10.84 last year.

Issaquah and county residents started to receive property tax bills in the mail Feb. 14.

The county Treasury Operations Office offers numerous options to pay property taxes.

If a landowner relies on a mortgage company to pay his or her taxes, the statement is sent to the lender. Otherwise, homeowners can pay property taxes online or by check, cash or credit card in person at King County Treasury Operations, Room 600, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On April 29 and May 2, the office is open until 5 p.m.

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year property tax bills.

Or, landowners can make payments by check only in person at a Community Service Center. Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., hosts a Community Service Center.

The county also offers numerous property tax-relief programs, including breaks for seniors, disabled homeowners, rural landowners and more.

Contact Treasury Operation about about missing tax statements or other tax payment information online, through the automated voice system at 206-296-0923 or through customer service at 206-296-3850.

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