OLYMPIA – Today, the Thurston County Treasurer's Office will mail the 2020 Property Tax Statement and Postcard notices to all Thurston County taxpayers, except those signed up for paperless bills. All taxpayers paying through paperless bills received an email on February 1, notifying them of their 2020 property taxes.
Thurston County property owners should be aware of the potential for significant increases in 2020 property taxes over 2019, with most of the increase attributable to action by the state legislature and voter approved issues.
Property taxes will most likely be higher than last year.
The state school levy and local school levies are significantly higher for 2020 compared to 2019, meaning your property tax bill will likely increase. More than 60% of property taxes collected goes to schools.
In 2017 the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2242, providing additional state funding to local schools. Passage of this legislation has affected your property tax bills since 2018.
For 2018, the state school levy increased significantly to fund the state school portion of the property tax. Simultaneously, local school district enrichment levies were restricted to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
In 2019, the Legislature reduced the state school levy by $.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, resulting in a significant decrease in property taxes. However, the legislation only made this decrease effective for one year.
State legislation allowed the state school levy to increase to $2.92 in 2020 and increased the cap on local school enrichment levies to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Find more information on the property tax impacts of school funding at:
Not all property tax bills will increase the same amount.
The school levies are only one component of your property tax bill. Depending on where your property is located, the levy rate of each tax district (fire, city, county, etc.) changes at different rates each year according to their individual budget needs.
For specific levy rate information, please visit the Thurston County Assessor's website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor and select 2020 Levy & Property Tax Fact Sheet. Detailed information can also be obtained by selecting Levy Data/Reports.
Income limits for the Senior and Disabled Persons Exemption increased this year.
Qualifying for the Senior and Disabled Persons Exemption is subject to age and/or income limits. Property tax exemptions are administered by the Thurston County Assessor. To find out if you qualify for a property tax exemption, please contact the Thurston County Assessor's Office at 360-867-2200 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor and select Property Tax Relief Programs.
For specific levy information, contact the Thurston County Assessor's Office at 360-867-2200.
For property tax statement information, contact the Thurston County Treasurer's Office at 360-786-5550 or visit www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer.