KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - The Kittitas County Assessor's Office is trying to get a better idea of property value in the county.
After completing the first ever annual revaluation in the county, the Assessor's Office will mail out roughly 33,000 Official Notice of Value forms to property owners.
For many years, the county operated on a four-year revaluation cycle with one-fourth of county properties being inspected each year to update values.
In response to a new law passed in 2009 all Washington State, counties are mandated to move to an annual revaluation cycle by 2014.
One-sixth of the county will now be physically inspected while the other five-sixths of the county will be statistically updated.
The Assessor's Office says the annual revaluation will allow property valuations to more quickly reflect changes in the market.
Annual revaluation does not mean that every property value will change. Values will only change when warranted by the market, therefore, some notices this year will indicate a change in value and some will not.
The notices being mailed are not tax bills.
Property owners are encouraged to learn more about annual revaluation by visiting the Assessor's Office or website. To see a brochure that provides more detailed information regarding annual revaluation, click here.
Property owners may also verify their property's characteristics (e.g., year built, size, etc.) on the website listed in the paragraph above and contact the Assessor's Office if it is felt the data is incorrect.
Information regarding appeals to the Board of Equalization will be included with each Official Notice of Value.
Instructions on filing an appeal are available on the Board of Equalization website, but clicking here.
Before filing an appeal property owners are encouraged to call the Assessor's Office and ask to speak with the appraiser who is familiar with the property.
As a reminder, taxpayers sixty-one and older, or those disabled and unable to have gainful employment, with disposable income under $35,000 per year may qualify for a Senior Citizen/Disabled Persons Property Tax Exemption on their primary residence.
For questions on any Assessor's Office function, please call 962-7501.