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    Linda Hjelle, Assessor

    Snohomish County Assessor's Office Mission Statement


    Our mission is to administer a property assessment system, that meets constitutional and statutory requirements, in an efficient and professional manner, while striving to provide excellence in service to our customers.

Press Release

January 25, 2018

2018 Property Tax Information
Information regarding assessed property values, levies and 2018 distribution of taxes.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CHANGES TO STATE SCHOOL LEVY & IMPACT OF EHB 2242 ON YOUR TAX BILL

In 2017, the Legislature passed EHB 2242 partly in response to the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. The Court found that the State was not meeting its constitutional requirement to fully fund basic education. EHB has several components and at least two will impact your tax bill now and in the future.

First, EHB 2242 created a second portion to the state school levy with collection beginning in 2018. The new second portion increases the combined rate by $0.82 per $1,000 in assessed value from last year resulting in an increase in your tax bill. The first portion is $1.84 and the second portion is $1.01 for a total rate of $2.85 per thousand in assessed value. The State Department of Revenue calculates the portion Snohomish County property owners will be responsible for. The Assessor’s Office calculates the rate.

Second, beginning in 2019, EHB 2242 imposes limitations on how much can be collected in local school (Enrichment) levies and limits the levy to the lesser of $1.50 levy rate or $2,500 per pupil to be increased by inflation.  This change affects both existing and new local school levies.  Depending on how much your local school levy is currently and what is voted on in the meantime, that portion of your property tax may decrease in 2019.

Further information on the property tax impacts of EHB 2242 may be found on the Department of Revenue (www.dor.wa.gov) and Office of School Superintendent’s (www.k12.wa.us) websites.

Linda Hjelle, Snohomish County Assessor              Kirke Sievers, Snohomish County Treasurer

                                  Tax Year 2017       Tax Year 2018          Levy Rate           Estimated

   Assessed Value        Levy Rate              Levy Rate              Difference         Tax Increase

         100,000             2.03              2.85         0.82             $82.07
         200,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $164.14
         300,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $246.21
         400,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $328.28
         500,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $410.35
         600,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $492.41
         700,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $574.48
         800,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $656.55
         900,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $738.62
      1,000,000             2.03              2.85         0.82           $820.69

Note - All Numbers Have Been Rounded

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the Primary Duties of the Assessor's Office?


    The primary duty of the Assessor's Office is to assess all taxable real and personal property for property tax purposes in Snohomish County. The office is also responsible for administering a variety of property tax exemption and special classification programs, such as the senior citizen/disabled person exemption and the Open Space Classification programs. We also maintain the official parcel maps for Snohomish County and calculate the levy rates for all taxing districts.
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    How are Assessed Values Calculated?


    The Assessor is required by law to annually assess property at 100% of market value and to assure that all values are in equalization. It's important to remember that market value is the price a willing buyer and seller would agree to under ordinary circumstances. This does not mean that an individual sale will automatically establish the value of a property. The Assessor uses multiple sales of comparable properties to establish assessed value. Frequently Asked Questions about The Assessment Process can be found here.

    What is the Difference Between Real Property and Personal Property?


    Real property includes land and all buildings, structures, and improvements to the land.

    Personal property includes machinery and equipment, fixtures, furniture, and other items that are movable in nature that are owned or leased by a business. Personal effects which are not held for sale or commercial use are not taxable, such as household goods.
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    How is the Amount of Property Taxes Owed on my Property Determined?


    The Assessor determines assessed values, while the taxing districts's budget and voter approved measures determine your taxes. The amount owed that is shown on your property tax bill is based upon the individual taxing district's entire budget and levies. Taxing districts include state, county and city governments as well as schools, and other taxing districts such as hospitals, fire, and sewer districts. To determine your share of the taxes owed, the assessed value of your property is multiplied by the levy rate in your levy area to determine your fair share of the total levied taxes by these jurisdictions.
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  1. Linda Hjelle - Snohomish County Assessor


    Linda Hjelle


    Assessor
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    Robert J. Drewel Building


    3000 Rockefeller, M/S 510
    Everett, WA 98201-4046
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    Ph: 425-388-3433
    Fx: 425-388-3961

    Hours


    Monday - Thursday
    9 a.m. - Noon
    1-5 p.m.

    Friday
    9 a.m. - Noon
    1-4 p.m.

    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

    *When the last working day of the month falls on a Friday, the Customer Service Center will remain open until 5 p.m.

    The office is closed on holidays.