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Assessor: David M. Thomas

Mission Statement
Our mission is to serve the citizens of Skagit County by striving for the highest level in equity of assessment, efficiency of operation, and professionalism of our staff.

NEWS

Mount Vernon property inspections to begin in August, 2020
All properties in the Mount Vernon School District are being revalued for the 2021 assessment year. Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office will inspect all commercial, farm and residential properties in the district. With the exception of properties issued building permits in the six years since, the last inspections for this area occurred in 2015.

In consideration of the COVID 19 environment, the majority of inspections will be limited to what can be observed from the street. Unless appraisers have questions about the property, our policy of announcing our presence by knocking on the front door is suspended. For properties that need verification of characteristics, we will knock then retreat to a safe distance. In those instances there will be a brief exterior walk-around of structures. In all cases new photos are taken. Appraisers will have face coverings, gloves and wear distinctive vests with Skagit County on the back and carry county identification cards. They drive white vehicles with the Skagit County emblem on the side. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 360 416-1780.

Corona Virus Response Notice
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Assessor customer service counter will be closed to the public in consideration of public safety and the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. Many of those we serve are participants of the senior citizen and disabled property tax exemption program and we take this action to prevent unnecessary risk to them.

The closure period is indefinite but we will reopen as soon as the threat is diminished. All senior exemption outreach events are cancelled for 2020. For those wishing to apply for or renew the exemption may call our office for information or instructions. If you have circumstances that require personal interaction we can set an appointment to meet in our conference room. For all other matters, please call our office to arrange a solution for your business needs. We apologize for the inconvenience but believe this is a required step for the safety of our community.

NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS TO BEGIN MAY 18

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office will begin inspections throughout the county for properties issued building permits within the last year. This is an annual process that includes properties issued permits in prior years that were incomplete during the 2019 new construction inspections.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, safety precautions are employed that include appraisers wearing face masks, gloves and protective eyewear. We practice appropriate distancing in cases where structures are occupied or workers are on-site and comply with all state requirements for construction sites.

Inspections include an exterior walk around, verification of building dimensions and taking photos of structures. Appraisers drive white vehicles with the county emblem on the side, wear county issued vests and carry county ID badges. For any questions or concerns, please call the Assessor’s Office at 360 416-1780.  


State School Levy and Local School Levies

Our local schools have two primary sources of financial support. The State School Levy is assessed to all property owners in the state and those funds fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Local school districts receive funds through an allocation process determined by OSPI. The legislative fix to the McCleary decision to adequately fund schools was to increase the State School Levy. [more]


State School Levy Increase for 2020

After a significant reduction in 2019, citize ns of Skagit County will see a large jump in school taxes overall in 2020.  For the State School levy, the amount collected in Skagit County will rise from $47,584,587 in 2019 to $61,338,416 in 2020, an overall increase of 29% in one year. [more]

Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons property tax exemption

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]


Information On Property Tax Procedures: 2020

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.

imapThis 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.

Sincerely,

David M. Thomas

Skagit County Assessor

Assessor Sales Data.
This tool will enable you to search valid sales dating back three years and is illustrated by a colored legend to associate the year of the sale. This tool is built into Imap and you can select other layers or views if you prefer. The details for a selected parcel will appear in a new window.
You can view the Sales Data iMap layer here.



Assessor: Dave Thomas

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Mon - Fri
700 South 2nd Street, Room 204
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact:
Phone: (360) 416-1780
FAX: (360) 416-1790
email: assessor@co.skagit.wa.us


Dave Thomas
Assessor: Dave Thomas

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