Where do property tax dollars go?
Homeowners in King County who pay their property taxes directly (not through a mortgage lender) have received their 2014 statements in the mail.
You write your property tax check out to "King County" but the funds collected are distributed to more than 100 state and local taxing districts. The County serves as the tax collector or treasury for all these jurisdictions to simplify the process for you.
The County itself receives only about 18 cents of every dollar collected. These funds are used by the County to provide for regional services such as the court system, emergency medical services, and parks; and also to pay for local services for unincorporated areas, such as police and roads.
This information is included as an insert in property tax statements mailed by the King County Treasury Section.
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