King County mails property tax bills to homeowners
February 21, 2012
King County residents started to receive property tax bills in recent days and, although property tax collection in the county is up 1.71 percent from last year, owners should see a drop in bills and a decline in valuation.
Officials said property values declined in almost every area in King County last year.
The county uses assessed property valuations established during the previous year to determine property taxes.
April 30 is the deadline for King County to pay or postmark property tax bills.
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. Or use the secure payment system at www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax.
Taxpayers can make payments by check at a Community Service Center. Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., hosts a center.
The statement is sent to the lender if a property owner relies on a mortgage company to pay the bill. However, the taxpayer is responsible for the bill to be paid in a timely manner.
The county also offers property tax-relief programs, including breaks for seniors. Call the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920.