First half property taxes due by Monday in Thurston County

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Thurston County has extended the first-half 2020 property tax deadline to June 1.

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Thurston County residents have until Monday to pay the first half of their 2022 property taxes with no late fees.

The deadline to pay the first half is officially April 30, according to a county press release. However, residents still have a few days to pay as the deadline falls on a Saturday.

In such cases, state law requires that a payment be considered timely if received or postmarked by Monday, May 2.

Taxpayers have four options for paying their property taxes:

  • Online at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer
  • At the parking drop box at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
  • In person at the treasurer’s office; or
  • By mail to the Thurston County Treasurer at the Lakeridge address.

The hours of operation of the Treasurer’s Office are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those paying by credit card will be charged a 2.35% transaction fee while those using a VISA debit card will be charged a flat fee of $3.95.

Those who fail to make payments on time will be charged interest according to state law, according to the release. Anyone with questions can contact the Treasurer’s Office at 360-786-5550 or email [email protected]

In 2022, the total property tax billable in Thurston County reached $536 million, an increase of $34.3 million from 2021, according to the county assessor’s office. This total amount is distributed among the county’s 42 tax districts.

Voter-approved levies, legislative measures from 2017 to 2019 and budget changes drove the increase, according to the assessor’s office.

Local tax authorities set their own budgets and tax rates while the assessor determines assessed property values ​​based on market rates. Taxing authorities include school districts, fire districts, cities, counties and more.

The levy rates are the same for all properties. However, the values ​​determined by the Office of the Assessor affect the amount of property taxes a homeowner pays.

The county’s total taxable property value increased from $40.68 billion in 2020 to $47.27 billion in 2021, an increase of 16.2%. The assessor’s office attributes the rise to a mix of new construction and housing market trends.

The countywide average levy rate fell to $11.35 per $1,000 of assessed value in the 2022 tax year, from $12.35 in the 2021 tax year, according to the appraiser’s office.

Those interested in learning more about their property tax breakdown can search for their property on a special county webpage created by the Assessor’s Office.

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