OLYMPIA – Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew is mailing new assessment notices on Monday, August 24, 2020. The mailing was delayed due to the COVID-19 county building closures, and to assure our office would be open throughout the 60-day appeal period for dialogue aimed at resolving taxpayer concerns. Our lobby has been modified to allow for safe in-person visits for the full range of services we provide. Face masks are required, and plexiglass barriers have been installed for the protection of staff and the public.
Property owners with concerns about their assessed values have 60 days (ending Friday, October 23, 2020) to resolve their concerns. We encourage contact and dialogue with our office early in this 60-day window. If a dispute of value remains, taxpayers must file an appeal with the County Board of Equalization by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Our website allows for easy access to data about each property, and we encourage taxpayers to verify their property characteristics. A cost valuation report is also available for all residential properties.
In March our office produced a property tax analysis tool that shows which taxes have fluctuated over the past three years and why. A link to this tool is on the Assessor's homepage at: www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor.
My dedicated staff and I have made substantial improvements in the area of transparency and equity over the past ten years. Each year we provide hundreds of taxpayer's documents in person or through our open source web portals. Should you have a concern after review of your property value, please contact our office 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Online access is available to assist customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.