Assessor: David M. Thomas
Was your property adversely affected by the recent flood?
All taxpayers have the right to a reduction in the assessed value of destroyed property . The assessor's office has a form to complete for property that has been involuntarily destroyed in whole or part in the last three years.
NOVEMBER 2021 FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESMENTS
Skagit assessed value trend mirrors state median home price
2021 Assessed Values Are Now Certified
The assessed values for 2021 have been certified and appear on the county website using Property One Stop. Value notices are scheduled to be mailed next week. Approximately 56,000 parcels are included in the assessment update completed by the Assessor staff. [more]
Reappraisals occurred in the Mount Vernon School District with physical inspections while the remainder of the county was updated statistically through the annual ratio study. Significant value increases occurred in many property categories and areas as a result of the appreciating real estate market.
Assessors are required to maintain assessments reflecting market value. The assessment ratio is the measure of assessment level to market and at 92.3 percent for 2021, is consistent with prior years. That measure means on average, assessed value is 92.3% of selling price on properties that sold during the May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021 period. The effective date of value for assessment purposes in January 1, 2021. Property with new construction has an effective date of July 31, 2021.
Property owners with questions concerning the new value are encouraged to call the Assessor’s Office. If you did not receive a notice, the assessed value did not change from the prior year. In either case you may appeal the 2021 value by submitting a real or personal property petition to the Board of Equalization by November 6.
Burlington Edison property inspections are in progress
All properties in the Burlington Edison School District are being revalued for the 2022 assessment year. [more]
Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office will inspect all commercial, farm and residential properties in the district. With the exception of properties issued building permits in the six years since, the last inspections for this area occurred in 2016.
In consideration of the COVID 19 environment, the majority of inspections will be limited to what can be observed from the street. Unless appraisers have questions about the property, our policy of announcing our presence by knocking on the front door is suspended.
For properties that need verification of characteristics, we will knock then retreat to a safe distance. In those instances there will be a brief exterior walk-around of structures. In all cases new photos are taken. Appraisers will have face coverings, gloves and wear distinctive vests with Skagit County on the back and carry county identification cards. They drive white vehicles with the Skagit County emblem on the side. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 360 416-1780.
The Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons property tax exemption helps reduce your property tax liability. The qualifying criteria for the program is based on your age and/or disability, residency and income. [more]
The 2019 state legislature passed ESSB 5160, which changed the income thresholds specific to each county based on percentage of the median household income of the county. The residency requirement has also changed to a minimum of nine months out of the year. As a result, Skagit County’s new income limits are as shown below:
These new thresholds apply to 2019 income for tax relief in 2020. The new law provides adjustment to the income limits every five years. The Senior Citizen and Disabled property tax deferral program also has a new qualifying threshold of $48,912 (75% of median household income). For information on these tax relief programs, please see links to DOR publications on this site or call the Assessor’s Office at (360) 416-1780.
About the Assessor's Office
The assessor acts as an agent for the Washington State Department of Revenue and is responsible for administering the property tax system for the county. This process involves establishing real and personal property values for distributing taxes for each tax district, as well as reviewing each tax district’s budget request to assure all legal requirements and limitations are met. The assessor also administers and monitors compliance for recipients of tax benefit programs, such as the Senior Citizen and Disabled Exemption program and the various Current Use programs for properties used for agriculture, timber and open space.
This web site has been prepared to answer questions you might have about the property tax system in Skagit County. There are no unique rules or R.C.W.'s in Skagit County.
The property tax system is designed to treat all taxpayers equally across the State of Washington. My office works hard to treat everyone fairly and promptly. In these pages you will find a group of commonly asked questions about revaluations, the Board of Equalization , values, levies, and an assortment of useful information.
I welcome any comments or suggestions you may offer for improving this website to better serve the needs of the users and citizens of Skagit County.