Assessor: David M. Thomas
New construction inspections in progress
Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are performing inspections throughout the county on properties issued building permits within the last year. They are also inspecting property with permits issued earlier if construction was incomplete during the 2020 inspections. Standard procedure is to take pictures of the structure, verify exterior measurements and make note of finish materials and other features.
Property owners or occupants present at the time of inspection may be asked about interior features. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and assists in acquiring accurate details of the structure for assessor records. Appraisers from the Assessor’s office can be identified by wearing distinctive vests with Skagit County on the back. They also drive white county vehicles with the county emblem on the doors. Please call the Assessor’s office at 360 416-1780 with questions or concerns.
The Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons property tax exemption helps reduce your property tax liability. The qualifying criteria for the program is based on your age and/or disability, residency and income. [more]
The 2019 state legislature passed ESSB 5160, which changed the income thresholds specific to each county based on percentage of the median household income of the county. The residency requirement has also changed to a minimum of nine months out of the year. As a result, Skagit County’s new income limits are as shown below:
These new thresholds apply to 2019 income for tax relief in 2020. The new law provides adjustment to the income limits every five years. The Senior Citizen and Disabled property tax deferral program also has a new qualifying threshold of $48,912 (75% of median household income). For information on these tax relief programs, please see links to DOR publications on this site or call the Assessor’s Office at (360) 416-1780.
About the Assessor's Office
The assessor acts as an agent for the Washington State Department of Revenue and is responsible for administering the property tax system for the county. This process involves establishing real and personal property values for distributing taxes for each tax district, as well as reviewing each tax district’s budget request to assure all legal requirements and limitations are met. The assessor also administers and monitors compliance for recipients of tax benefit programs, such as the Senior Citizen and Disabled Exemption program and the various Current Use programs for properties used for agriculture, timber and open space.
This web site has been prepared to answer questions you might have about the property tax system in Skagit County. There are no unique rules or R.C.W.'s in Skagit County.
The property tax system is designed to treat all taxpayers equally across the State of Washington. My office works hard to treat everyone fairly and promptly. In these pages you will find a group of commonly asked questions about revaluations, the Board of Equalization, values, levies, and an assortment of useful information.
I welcome any comments or suggestions you may offer for improving this website to better serve the needs of the users and citizens of Skagit County.