There are important items that are anticipated to create questions and concerns for Whatcom County Taxpayers. The general real estate market for the majority of real property has continued appreciating. The majority of assessed value changes demonstrate this activity similarly. Shifting amongst individual tax burdens, although present, is not the prevalent cause for property tax increases and decreases. (see below)
NEW LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The 2017 Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 2242 to meet the Washington State Supreme Court mandated obligation to fully fund basic education. The new law in addition to other education related requirements, makes changes which:
EHB 2242 temporarily changes the state property tax levy from a budget-based system to a frozen rate-based system and increased the tax rate to a new level for 4 consecutive years. In the first year, Whatcom County's specific rate for State taxes due in 2018 increased from
$ 2.23 to approximately $ 3.20 per thousand dollars of assessed value. This provided an approximate 55% increase (except Senior Citizen and Disabled Person exemption program participants) in the State Tax Dollar portion of your tax bill. The 2018 Washington State Legislature amended the Bill. As a result, the State Tax Dollar portion rate drops in 2019, the second year, from $ 3.20 to approx. $ 2.76 for 2019 taxes. This rate is legislated to return back up to the first year (2018) level, for the following 2 years (2020 and 2021). Individual Local School District Maintenance and Operation (Enrichment) Levies will be additionally reduced in 2019, and future taxes, to the lower of $1.50 of levy rate or $ 2,500 per pupil. The resulting property tax reductions will be different amounts for each individual local school district. (see Annual Tax Book 2019), (RCW 84.52.0531) For additional information on this law:
The 2019 Tax Year Assessment Roll has been certified and delivered to the County Treasurer. The 2019 Order of Levy is summarized in the Levy Year in Review 2019.
Important: On line "Fill-in" Forms are provided to assist taxpayers, however, "Fill-in" forms cannot be submitted on-line. Many forms require submittal with valid signatures. If you have questions, please contact the Assessor's Office.