Appealing Assessor's Office Decisions
Each year, the appraisers and administrative staff in the Assessor's Office set property values and make program related decisions that affect the value of property and the amount of property taxes businesses and individuals pay.
Real Property Values
Property owners receive notice of changes to their real property values through the annual Notice of Value mailing. Property owners who believe their value to be substantially different than the market value on the annual Notice of Value, should call the Assessor's Office to speak with an appraiser to verify the records used to set the new market value. If after speaking with an appraiser, a property owner still has concerns about the assessed market value, they should contact the County Board of Equalization to learn about how to file an appeal of the assessed value.
Tax Exemption & Deferral Programs
Property owners who apply for and/or participate in one of the Washington State Department of Revenue programs administered by the Assessor's Office receive notice of their approval or denial into the program once all application materials required to make a decision have been received and evaluated. Property owners who are not approved to participate in one of these programs should call the Assessor's Office to speak with a staff member regarding the reasons their application could not be approved. If after speaking with a staff member, a property owner wishes to appeal the program decision, they should contact the County Board of Equalization to learn about how to file an appeal of the assessed value.
In general, an appeal petition must be filed or postmarked by July 1 of the current assessment year, or 60 days after the mailing date of the Notice of Value or program decision. Appeal petition forms can be found on the Board of Equalization's website.
Additional information about the appeals process is available in Appealing Your Property Tax Valuation to the County Board of Equalization, published by the Washington Department of Revenue.