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So, our property taxes went up

and yet the value of our house has gone down. Can someone explain to me how this works? I feel like our taxes should have gone down this year as well.
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Re: So, our property taxes went up

  • hmm...i would be confused too...w/ours, both went down in snohomish
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  • Same thing happened here. I am disappointed.
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  • Did the actual tax rate increase? Even if there were no new rate increases, sometime past initiatives set forth graduated increases for schools, libraries, etc.

    I haven't gotten my assessment yet...it seems like everyone else has! Do I call somewhere??

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  • i didn't check for a tax rate increase.. i will do that. but the property was actually accessed at a higher value than it was the previous year. i'm going to look at these tonight when i get home.. i have the one that says it's for 2009, but from what i'm reading on the king county website, that might have actually been determined last year and the ones for 2010 will be going out in the next few months. the site where it says how to appeal is here http://www.kingcounty.gov/Assessor/ValueDisputes.aspx

    but maybe the links on the side would have the info you need alisha.

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  • Thanks! I'll look.

    S had the same issue, hers went up even though value went down and was told the same thing about it really being from last year and would reflect the reduction in the next one.

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  • it had BETTER reflect the reduction.. is all i have to say about it.
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  • Well the value should go down next year, but it doesn't mean taxes will.  Stuff like school bonds are for a fixed dollar amount, so they collect the same total amount regardless of property values.  You individual amount would depend how much your house changed in relation to everyone else. 

     I hope our annexation goes through - it would mean about $800 / yr less in property taxes...

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  • Well I ended up just calling and they walked me through it...UGH my value went up $30k. BS!!!
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    Well I ended up just calling and they walked me through it...UGH my value went up $30k. BS!!!

    We had a similiar increase.  Yeah, right, it's really worth that much.  Thanks, county assessor.

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  • 30k?? wtf?! i think ours was around that amount too. they are full of it. we just had our house appraised and i can assure you the value did not go up.
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  • Ours went up $1200
  • I'm going to contest mine. PV, you know my house...30k increase from 08 to 09? I mean c'mon... that's just BS.
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  • yeah, they are saying the value of our house went up 39k. i like our house and all, but i know it's worth less now than  it was a year ago.

    i don't blame you for contesting alisha. i'm going to talk to dh about it too.

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  • There was big article in the paper recently about this very topic (I'm sure you can google it).  The assessments run about 18 months behind in value so while the values are dropping if you were to purchase a house/property today, the tax value is catching up from 18 months prior, which was during the housing boom. 

    The other way to look at it is during the housing boom, houses were selling for much more than the assessed values because they didn't keep up.

    The article did say you can contest the value though and hope for some tax relief.  Good luck!

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