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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Shawn Myers, Thurston County Treasurer, 360-786-5550
Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor, 360-867-2200

Joint Statement Regarding First Half Property Taxes

OLYMPIA - Since early January, we have been working together in an effort to foresee taxpayer's questions and concerns as this year's tax statements are received. Our goal is to provide taxpayers easy access to accurate information and adequate detail. If a taxpayer, having reviewed their statement and the information provided, has a question about payment please contact the Treasurer's Office via the Thurston County web site or by phone 360-786-5550. If taxpayers have questions about the value of their property or levy rates, please contact the Assessor's Office via the website or by phone 360-867-2200.

Tax statements and postcards/notices will start to arrive in mailboxes on February 14th according to Shawn Myers, Thurston County Treasurer. 'Taxpayers have until April 30th (May 2nd this year due to the 30th being on a weekend) to pay their first half property taxes. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date.' Payments can be made on the County Treasurer's web site at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treasurer/ using an electronic check without a fee or by credit/debit card with a 2.75% transaction fee. Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer's Office or the courthouse parking lot drop box at-2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Olympia, 98502. Office hours are 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday. In total, the Treasurer's Office will collect about $314 million dollars in property taxes this year. That's approximately $10 million more than in 2010. The vast majority of those tax proceeds go to the state, schools and other local taxing districts.

Property taxes are calculated based upon the value established for each property and the taxing district where each property is located. In this tax cycle, most properties experienced a reduction in value and new taxes were approved for many of the taxing districts across the county. For many land owners, these factors will result in an increase in the overall taxes owed in connection with their property. For more information about 2010 assessed values and 2011 levies please visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor/ and follow the links.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3