2017 Property Taxes
Initiatives approved by voters last year will increase King County property taxes in 2017, which will result in additional investments in schools, fire protection and transportation. The majority of property tax revenue – nearly 52 percent – will pay for schools.
King County Treasury collects property taxes on behalf of the state, cities, and taxing districts, and then distributes the revenue to local governments. King County property tax bills will be mailed Feb. 10.
In some parts of King County, as much as 50 percent of 2016 property taxes are a result of voter-approved measures. These are typically school, fire, and other levies or bonds. New levies and fees approved in 2015 include:
- Sound Transit 3 (ST3), which will connect the region’s cities with mass transit including 62 new miles of light rail; bus rapid transit on the north, east and south of Lake Washington; expanded passenger capacity on Sounder south line trains; and parking, bike and pedestrian access improvements at stations throughout the system.
- School levies in the Auburn, Federal Way, Tukwila, Seattle, Renton, Mercer Island, Kent, Vashon Island, Lake Washington, and Highline school districts.
- Renewal of the Low-Income Housing levy in Seattle.
- Public safety levies in Normandy Park, Snoqualmie, and Shoreline.
- Surface Water Management (SWM) Fee to protect water quality from polluted stormwater runoff.
While individual property taxes vary depending upon location, property taxes went up 7.96% percent at the aggregate level. Countywide, property tax billings will be $4.8 billion in 2017, up from $4.5 billion from last year. It’s the primary funding source for schools, public safety, parks and libraries.
General Info: 206-296-7300
Senior Exemptions: 206.296.3920
Toll Free: 1-800-325-6165 ext. 7-1060
TTY Relay: 711
A day in the life of a King County Appraiser
Tax Advisor Office
How King County’s revenue falls behind even as property taxes go up
KEY DATES 2017
- May 1st First half of property taxes due
(If taxes are less than $50, full payment is due.)
- April 30th Personal property listing forms due
- June 1 Three percent penalty assessed on delinquent taxes
- July 1 Appeals to the County Board of Equalization must be filed by July 1 or within
60 days of notification.
- Sept. 1 Applications for limited income
- Oct. 31 Second half of property taxes due
- Dec. 1 Eight percent penalty assessed on delinquent taxes
- Full 2017 Property Tax Calendar (.PDF, External link)
2016 Area Reports: The King County Department of Assessments annually revalues 700,000 parcels.
Area Reports are provided between June and October. The following files are in .PDF format, and are all roughly 250 KB to 3,000 KB in size. You will need a copy of PDF reader to view these files. For more information visit Software help.
|Area||Location Name||Mail Date|
|50||Burien, Seatac, Tukwila and Normandy Park||9-1-2016|
|35||Sodo / Duwamish Industrial Dist||8-18-2016|
|40||Rainier Valley/ International Dist||7-7-2016|
|95||Plateau - Valley||7-7-2016|
|55||Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, and West Hill neighborhood of Kent||6-23-2016|
|85||Bothell/ Kenmore/ Kirkland||6-23-2016|
|20||Magnolia, Queen Anne, Nickerson, Interbay, Westlake, Ballard/Fremont||6-16-2016|
|75||I-90 Corridor To NE Renton||6-9-2016|
|60||SE King County||6-9-2016|
|17||University District and Sand Point(Area 17)||5-26-2016|
|Area||Location Name||Mail Date|
|160||Hotels and Motels||8-25-2016|
|12||Waterfront: Lake Union to Shilshole Bay||8-25-2016|
|413||Fast Food/ Institutional Restaurants||8-25-2016|
|700||Condominiums (Downtown Seattle)||7-28-2016|