Today’s News

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The Washington State Legislature has passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, each income threshold is increased by five thousand dollars ($ 5,000.00). 
The maximum thresholds for 2015 and subsequent income years are now $ 40,000.00 for the
Tax Exemption Program and $ 45,000.00 for the Deferral Program. See information.

Property Revaluation News

The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office's  Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically revalued. The current annual physical inspection area for revaluation in 2019, for property taxes in 2020, is Cycle Area 4 (see inspection area map, quick view, or detailed view). It includes portions of South Whatcom County, North of the County line and includes South Hill, Toledo Hill, Fairhaven, Happy Valley, Chuckanut, Lake Samish, Glenhaven Lake, Acme, Van Zandt, South Fork Valley, Eliza and Lummi Islands.

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:

  • Increase property taxes imposed by the state. (see below)
  • Limit certain voter-approved property taxes imposed by school districts.
  • Facilitate state funding for certain school districts.

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. 


The Assessor is elected to a 4-year term, nonpartisan position. The current term is from January, 2016, to January, 2020. 


Maintain the integrity of a professional property tax administration. Equitably list and establish taxable value for all real and taxable personal property in the county, used to distribute tax responsibility. Deliver irrefutable excellence in customer service.


Established by state constitution and laws, directed by the Department of Revenue, the Assessor´s Office:

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.