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Tax Bills Soar in King County, WA


Property tax bills are going up by double digits in several towns in King County, Washington. The higher bills are the result of voter-approved levies rather than rising assessed values.


Double-Digit Hikes


The steepest increases reported were:


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18% Algona

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15% Maple Valley

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13% Pacific

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11% Enumclaw


These areas saw increases because of higher taxes for several school districts and a regional fire district.


Voters also approved levies for fire services and school districts in Auburn, Kent, Bellevue, Fall City, and elsewhere. Countywide, voters passed a proposition in November to issue bonds to fund upgrades at Harborview Medical Center. Property tax increases will repay the bonds.


No COVID Relief


Property owners will not get an automatic tax break on current bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic. State law mandates that property values are set based on conditions as of January 1 and COVID-19 did not have an impact on values on or prior to January 1, 2020.


If the pandemic has had an impact on your commercial property value, either because the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order restricted the use of your property, or because business declined due to market conditions such as consumer fear of contracting the virus, the county has set up a web portal to gather input. Officials say this information will help them make in-year adjustments to values going forward.