April 30 is King County property tax deadline

April 24, 2012

The deadline for King County residents to pay or postmark property tax bills is April 30.

Officials said property values declined in almost every area in King County last year, although property tax collection in the county is up 1.71 percent from last year.

The county uses assessed property valuations established during the previous year to determine property taxes.

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.

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.

Officials bump overdue King County property tax notices to June

February 28, 2012

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.

King County bumps overdue property tax notices from September to June

February 21, 2012

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2012

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

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 earlier in the month. 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.

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King County assessor mails property tax bills to residents

February 17, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012

King County residents started to receive property tax bills in recent days and, although property tax collection in the county up 1.71 percent from last year, property owners should see a drop in bills and a decline in property valuation.

The total value of property in the county continued to decline for the 2012 tax roll, but the drop is slightly less than 2011. Officials said property values declined in almost every area in King County last year.

The median assessed value in rural Southeast King County, for instance, declined from $304,000 for the 2011 tax roll to $259,000 for 2012 — or a decrease in the tax bill of $470.

“Bank foreclosures and other distressed sales continue to be a drag on property values overall in King County,” King County Assessor Lloyd Hara said in a statement. “This is driving property values down through most of King County, and is resulting in property tax reductions for some.”

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County reminds homeowners to pay property taxes soon

April 21, 2011

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.

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Issaquah property values climb, bucking trend

February 15, 2011

2011 tax bills start to arrive in mailboxes

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.

Issaquah and county residents started to receive property tax bills in the mail Feb. 14. The county Assessor’s Office released a city and county property tax breakdown late last week.

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.

Dollars collected through property taxes help fund the Issaquah School District, King County, and numerous state and regional districts.

The school district receives the largest slice — 44 percent. Issaquah municipal government collects about 20 percent. King County government receives about 18 percent and the Port of Seattle receives 2 percent.

The city has not raised property taxes since 2007. City Council members considered a 1 percent increase last fall, but then backed off after numerous tax measures on the November ballot failed.

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King County mails property tax notices to homeowners soon

February 10, 2011

UPDATED — 9 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011

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.

Issaquah and county residents started to receive property tax bills in the mail Monday. The county Assessor’s Office released a property tax breakdown late last week.

Issaquah homeowners pay, on average, $11.13 in property taxes per $1,000 in assessed value. The total amounted to $10.84 last year.

Dollars collected through property taxes help fund the Issaquah School District, King County, and numerous state and regional districts.

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Policies limit flood damage

January 4, 2011

City has spent more than a decade on flood projects

Issaquah Creek sloshed into neighborhoods and onto streets in early December, but city and county leaders credit land-use policies for helping to limit damage from flooding and landslides.

Because much of Issaquah is located in a floodplain, officials can only do so much to limit flooding. Though the risk remains, the city has made strides since the 1996 flood to upgrade creek buffers and shore up bridges and other infrastructure to withstand floods.

The process has included purchasing and removing homes in the floodplain, plus buying undeveloped floodplain lots for preservation. Read more

King County mails property valuations to residents

July 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2010

King County has mailed property valuation notices informing residents of their property values as of Jan. 1. The value will be used to calculate taxes for 2011.

The reverse side of the notice contains information about tax relief for seniors and people with disabilities, tax deferral, homeowner improvement tax relief, destroyed property prorated reductions, open space programs and valuation appeals.

Learn more about how property taxes are set here. Call the King County Department of Assessments at 206-296-7300, toll free at 800-325-6165, ext. 6-7300, or e-mail at assessor.info@kingcounty.gov for more information.

King County property taxes nudge upward

February 16, 2010

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Feb. 16, 2010

King County property taxes will show a 1.18 percent increase when tax bills start to arrive in mailboxes in the next few weeks, County Assessor Lloyd Hara announced Tuesday.

The overall property tax increase last year was 6.16 percent. The increase in 2008 was 8.18 percent.

The total amount of property taxes for all purposes will total $3.427 billion in 2010 — up $39.9 million from $3.388 billion last year.

From the $39.9 million increase, $20.45 million resulted from new construction in King County — totaling $5.2 billion of assessed value in 2010. Revenue from new construction does not result in a tax increase for existing taxpayers.

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