The Assessor identifies and determines the value of all taxable real and personal property in the county. These values are used to calculate and set levy rates for the various taxing districts in the county and to equitably assign tax responsibilities among taxpayers.
In accordance with RCW 36.16, the Assessor is elected by public vote to a four year term. Duties and responsibilities of the Assessor are contained largely in state laws and administrative codes. The Assessor works closely with the Washington Department of Revenue to implement these laws and codes.
Additional information about property taxes in Washington is available from the Department of Revenue. The Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes (PDF - 298K) provides an overview of the programs administered by the Assessor.