Officials bump overdue King County property tax notices to June

February 28, 2012

By Staff

King County plans to start notifying homeowners about overdue property taxes sooner, officials announced Feb. 21.

Officials plan to start sending notices in June, rather than September. County Executive Dow Constantine initiated the policy change after input from taxpayers and County Councilman Bob Ferguson.

The county assessor mailed property tax bills in early February. The deadline for first-half property taxes is April 30.

Though the county is not required to send a delinquency notice, officials send a courtesy notice in late September to about 9,000 taxpayers. The property owners receiving the notice missed the April deadline and did not pay property taxes by Sept. 1.

Officials timed the notice to be close to the Oct. 31 due date for second-half property taxes.

Officials said the June notice to go to about 14,500 taxpayers. The county expects about half of the taxpayers receiving the notice to pay before July 1 to avoid the monthly interest charges and December penalty outlined in state law.

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