Thurston County is on an annual revaluation cycle. This means that every property in the County is revalued each year. The Assessor’s Office mails Valuation Notices to property owners every year. The notice will indicate the assessed values of the land and structures and, if applicable, current use land and senior citizen/disabled person frozen values. Notices of other determinations are mailed by the Assessor as these decisions are made by the Assessor’s Office.
If you believe the assessed value of your property is not correct, you may want to review your account information with the Assessor’s staff to make sure an error has not been made. It is a good idea to check the characteristics the Assessor lists for your property to make sure that important features (such as the property’s parcel size, square footage of the improvements, zoning, waterfront feet, view, topography, steep slope hazard, high groundwater, flooded area) are accurately reflected in the Assessor’s records. If errors are discovered, the Assessor may be able to correct the data and the assessment without an appeal to the Board.
It is important to note that once the Assessor certifies the assessment rolls, the Assessor and his staff have no authority to make changes to your assessed values except under limited circumstances, such as a change in land use designation or manifest errors. (See FAQ for definition of manifest error.) To preserve your appeal rights, you should file your petition with the Board before the appeal deadline. You may withdraw your appeal at any time if you later resolve your issues with the Assessor’s Office, or for any other reason.