The following article was published in partnership with the Highline Times.
King County residents received their annual valentine from the county assessor’s office as property tax bills for 2013 were sent out on Feb. 14.
Property taxes are mixed in King County for 2013, with property values and property taxes down for many, according to assessor Lloyd Hara. However, some property owners will see their property values decline while their property taxes increase, and other property owners will see both their property values increase and property taxes increase.
“We are beginning to see a recovery in the housing market in King County,” said Hara. “Though property values continue to decline in most areas, there are also a number of areas where property values are increasing, including in the city of Seattle and the Eastside.” (more…)
King County Assessor Lloyd Hara and his colleagues from his office, the King County Tax Advisor’s Office and the Treasurer’s Office held a meeting March 14 at the Burien Library/City Hall Building. Only about nine citizens attended. Hara said he has hosted nearly 400 such meetings in the last few years.
Hara was introduced by King County Councilmember Julia Patterson, District 5. She and Council member Joe McDermott, District 8, represent Burien. She also represents Sea Tac and Des Moines. (more…)