LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: The Washington State Legislature has passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, each income threshold is increased by five thousand dollars ($ 5,000.00). The maximum thresholds for 2015 and subsequent income years are now $ 40,000.00 for the Tax Exemption Program and
$ 45,000.00 for the Deferral Program. See information.
The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office's Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically revalued. The current annual physical inspection area for revaluation in 2017, for property taxes in 2018, is Cycle Area 2 (see inspection area map, quick view, or detailed view). It includes portions or all of North Central Whatcom County, North of Slater Rd and Kelly Rd, West of Hannegan Rd, and includes Laurel, Ferndale, and Lynden.
The 2017 Tax Year Assessment Roll has been certified and delivered to the County Treasurer. The 2017 Order of Levy is summarized in the Levy Year in Review.
The Assessor is elected to a 4-year term, nonpartisan position. The current term is from January, 2016, to January, 2020.
Maintain the integrity of a professional property tax administration. Equitably list and establish taxable value for all real and taxable personal property in the county, used to distribute tax responsibility. Deliver irrefutable excellence in customer service.
Established by state constitution and laws, directed by the Department of Revenue, the Assessor´s Office:
Appraises and revalues all real property, and physically inspects 1/6th of all real property, every year. Responds to building permit activity to include new construction additions
Maintains inventory, description, ownership, sales and mapping for all property
Publishes an annual tax booklet, which includes the statement of assessed valuations, tax rates and taxes levied within the various taxing districts of Whatcom County
Provides information, education and assistance: see Tax Guides
Provides public computer access to assessment data, also now available on the Internet through the Real Property Search
Allocates value to taxing districts, calculates levy rates and certifies tax roll to Treasurer
Administers and provides information for tax exemptions:
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.