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Residential valuation notices mailed to west Kenmore property owners
King County Assessor Lloyd Hara’s office mailed the 2014 property valuations to all residential property owners in Area 4 – Lake Forest Park/West Kenmore - located in North King County on May 15.
Area 4 residential property values increased by 20.5 percent. The Assessor’s Office will continue to mail out more than 600,000 residential and commercial valuation notices to taxpayers throughout the rest of King County between May and October.
Residential property is assessed each year at 100 percent of its true and fair market value in money, which is defined by Washington State law as the amount of money that a willing and unobligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and unobligated seller. Residential values are determined based on multiple sales of similar properties.
The King County Assessor’s Office annually revalues all properties and conducts a physical inspection on each property once every six years. The last physical inspection of the Lake Forest Park/West Kenmore area was conducted in 2011.
“Continuing the 2013 trend, property values are increasing across King County as we emerge from the Great Recession,” said Hara. “In 2013, we saw a residential increase in 76 out of 86 residential areas in King County and we expect to see continued growth in residential values for 2014.”
Hara also reminds all property owners to carefully review the information contained in the valuation notice. If residents feel a mistake has been made in valuing the property, it is recommended that home owners contact the assessor’s office directly before filing an appeal at 206-296-7300 or assessor.info@kingcountygov.
Property owners can review their property information online using eReal Property and review our Area Reports on the assessor’s homepage atwww.kingcounty.gov/assessor or with the assessor’s staff to make sure an error has not been made. King County allows 60 days from the valuation’s postmark date to file an appeal with the King County Board of Equalizations.
Some low-income seniors, disabled veterans, or disabled persons retired because of a disability might be eligible for a property tax deferral or exemption. The King County Assessor’s Office encourages you or those you know to contact our office to determine eligibility.
For King County taxpayers who need advice and assistance on property tax related matters, including appeals, contact the King County Tax Advisor at206-477-1060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org