Levy

The Levy Division is responsible for calculating the property tax rate, maintaining the tax code areas (TCAs), preparing the Assessor 's Annual Report, and certifying the direct petition method (60% of value) for petitioned annexations as well as allocating the property to the appropriate district after any annexation is approved by the Boundary Review Board.
Understanding Taxing Districts & Levies 
View a presentation the Snohomish County Assessor's Office offers to representatives of taxing districts each year to help them learn about the levy process. The information provided can be useful to anyone wanting to learn more about this process. The slides give basic information with some notes explaining how the simple levy process works and the limitations involved. Participants in the class are also given sample problems and worksheets to complete.

Assessor Annual Reports for Taxes


The Annual Report is a good resource for property tax information such as the amount of taxes the districts will collect, the total assessed value for each district, the tax rate for each levy or TCA as well as other statistics about Snohomish County that you may find helpful. The Annual Report is completed every year after tax rolls have been certified to the Treasurer 's Office in January. To view the Annual Reports that are available click here . . .

Changes to the State School Levy starting in Tax Year 2018 Information 

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 


Assessed Value

Tax Year 2017 Levy Rate

Tax Year 2018 Levy Rate

Levy Rate Difference

Estimated 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

Department of Revenue Education Funding
Department of Revenue Property Tax Special Notice
Department of Revenue Property Tax Topic
Department of Revenue Property Tax Tip Sheet
Department of Revenue Ratio Study Information Sheet

Resources


The following resources are available to assist you in understanding property taxes and property tax assessments:
Bill & Payment Questions
For billing questions and/or making payments regarding your property taxes, please contact the Treasurer's Office by calling 425 388-3366.