About the Board of Equalization

Current Thurston County BOE news/updates: 

  • The BOE anticipates finishing the 2020 assessment year hearings in March/April. Hearings for the 2021 assessment year appeals will begin thereafter. It typically takes 12 to 18 months to finish each year's caseload once hearings start. Residential cases are scheduled by region and commercial cases are scheduled by property type. Taxpayers will receive a written notice at least one month prior to their hearing. While awaiting a hearing, property taxes must still be paid when due to avoid accruing interest and penalty fees. When an appeal is resolved, if there is a valuation change, the Treasurer's Office will either issue a corrected property tax statement or a refund. For more information, please refer to Appeal Process and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Supplemental Information may be submitted electronically for previously filed 2020 or 2021 appeals.
  • All BOE hearings are being held remotely via a conference call format.
  • BOE meetings are also being held by conference call. See details in "Business Meeting Schedule."

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​The Thurston County Board of Equalization is a quasi-judicial board comprised of three citizen members who are appointed for three-year terms by the Thurston County Commissioners. Three alternate members are also appointed by the County Commissioners to serve when regular Board members are absent. The Board is established by the laws of Washington State and governed by the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR), pursuant to RCW 84.08.020 and 84.08.060.

The Board is separate from and operates independently of the Thurston County Assessor. It adjudicates appeals of assessed property valuations and other determinations of the Assessor, with a goal of providing an impartial and economical forum to hear and decide appeals brought by taxpayers. The Board is also responsible for equalizing the assessed values so that all real and personal properties in Thurston County are assessed equitably at 100 percent of their true and fair value, with comparable properties assessed at comparable values.

Hearings of the Board are open to the public except for confidential proceedings involving proprietary business information. Hearings are held during business hours, currently via a conference call format.

The Board’s Clerk and staff are employees of Thurston County; however, they perform their duties under the direction, and serve at the pleasure, of the Board, pursuant to RCW 84.48.028.

Current members of the Board are:
John Morrison, Chairman 
Robert Hastings, Vice Chair 
Diane Pust

Alternate Members of the Board are:
John Graver 
Ted May 

 

Customer Service Hours

Board of Equalization customer service is currently available by appointment only

Star.jpg The Thurston County BOE is NOW accepting petitions and supplemental information online.

Use one of the following links to attach your PDF read-only documents (this is necessary to ensure your data/signature doesn't get lost when transmitted). Please do not electronically submit documents through a different email or by any other method. 

Click these instructions on how to save your completed PDF interactive petition form for electronic submittal.

For the majority of taxpayers, the deadline to appeal their 2021 assessment was October 22, however, if your Official Valuation Change Notice from the Assessor's Office provides a later, upcoming deadline date, you may use the link below to submit a NEW 2021 Petition

The link below is for submitting additional information on an existing 2020 or 2021 appeal:

Paper copies of Petition forms and other documents can also be mailed through the US Postal Service to the Thurston County Board of Equalization, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia WA 98502-6045. If taxpayers wish to deliver their Petition in person or send it via UPS or Fed Ex, the address is 929 Lakeridge Drive SW, Room 117, Olympia, WA 98502. There is a drop box outside of our office (Building 4, Room 117) or outside the rear entrance of Building 4 (929 Lakeridge Drive SW). There is also a drop box at the main courthouse complex (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW) on the circular drive nearest to Building 1. 

Staff Contact

Ruth Elder, Clerk / Manager
Board of Equalization

Phone

Office: 360-786-5135
TTY/TDD: 711 or 1-800-833-6388

Email Ruth Elder

Mailing Address

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502-6045

Street Address (Map)

County Building 4,
Room 117
929 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Meeting Location (Map)

County Building 1
Room 152
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502