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 been appreciating at an accelerating rate. 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. (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 increases 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 will increase from
$ 2.23 to approximately $ 3.20 per thousand dollars of assessed value. This will provide an approximate 55% increase (except Senior Citizen and Disabled Person exemption program participants) in the State Tax Dollar portion of your tax bill. For additional information on this new law:
The 2018 Tax Year Assessment Roll has been certified and delivered to the County Treasurer. The 2018 Order of Levy is summarized in the Levy Year in Review 2018.
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.