I didn’t receive an Official
Assessment Notice in the mail, why not?
There are two reasons why you may not have received an assessment notice; first,
we may not have your correct owner mailing address or second, your valuation may
not have changed. We post the valuation notice on our website and you can check
your owner mailing address and see valuation changes there. Go to
and enter your parcel number or address, select “events,” then select “Click here
to view the property assessment notice.”
If your owner mailing address is incorrect, please go to
fill in the form, print, sign, and mail to the assessor address indicated.
How are property taxes levied?
Two things determine your property taxes:
• Your assessed value and
• The budgets
of the tax districts in which you live.
Throughout the year, my appraisal staff assesses all residential and commercial
property at fair market value. In November, each of the
57 Spokane County tax districts establishes a budget and sends their budget resolution
to me. In January, I use the budget resolutions to calculate levy rates to fund
those budgets. Then in February, the Treasurer uses my levy rates and assessed values
to determine individual property taxes.
My property was revalued last
year; why did my assessed value go up?
Assessed values are driven by the real estate market.
The assessor's office values property based on sales information. The real estate
market tends to be cyclical in nature with highs and lows. When real estate sales
in your area indicate little or no appreciation in value, your assessed value will
reflect that change also.
Is assessed value
different than market value?
Yes. The assessor’s office values or assesses property
for the purposes of determining property taxes as of January 1st of any given year.
Market value is what a willing buyer and seller determine to be the value on an
ongoing basis throughout the year.
Didn’t Initiative 747 limit my property tax to
a 1% annual increase?
No. Individual tax bills and assessed values are
not limited to a 1 percent increase or any other limitation.
Taxing districts have a series of budget
limitations, the 1 percent budget increase limit being one of
them; however, these limitations are complicated with special levies, banked levy
capacity, annexations, and type of taxing district.
When are property taxes determined?
Property taxes are calculated at the end of the calendar
year for the next calendar year’s taxes. Therefore, please note when you receive
your Official Assessment Notice in June, the levy rates and taxes will not be calculated
until mid-January the following year.
Who do I contact to see what my property taxes will be?
The treasurer's office can answer tax billing questions
and can be reached at 477-4713.
Why are there
two addresses on my Official Assessment Notice?
The first address is the legal owner address and is
used by the assessor to address assessment notices. Questions/corrections to owner
address can be handled by contacting the assessor’s office at 477-3698 or go to
The second address is the taxpayer address and is used
by the treasurer to address tax bills. Questions/corrections to taxpayer address
can be handled by contacting the treasurer’s office at 477-4713 or go to
Do I qualify for a senior citizen
If you are 62 or older, own your home, and have a total
household income of less than $35,000, you may be eligible for a reduction in your
property taxes! An application is available at
or you can call 477-5754 to have one mailed to you.
Is my senior citizen/disabled
person exemption application processed?
We process applications in the order received. When
your application has been processed, you or your mortgage company will receive a
corrected tax statement from the treasurer’s office. If you’d like to check the
status of your application, please call 477-3698.
How does the assessor value commercial property?
Washington law allows the assessor to value property
using the three recognized approaches to value: Replacement Cost, Market, and Income.
The method of valuation is determined by the type of property and the data available
for each methodology.
What is personal
All property can be divided into two major categories--real
property and personal property. Real property is generally immovable and includes
land, buildings, and permanent structures. The chief characteristic of personal
property is its mobility. Some examples of taxable personal property are: office
furniture and equipment, computers, software, store equipment, manufacturing equipment,
signs, and farm machinery.
Who must report personal property?
Everyone who owns a business must report all personal
property assets to the county assessor. The telephone number for personal property
assessment is 477-4787.
Why do my property
lines not line up with the aerial photo and/or street centerlines?
The data used on the interactive Parcel Viewer comes
from various sources and it does not always align perfectly.
Where’s my property line?
If you cannot locate your property corners, the safest
action is to contact a Private Land Surveyor. You can contact the auditor’s office
at 477-2270 to check for a recent survey or to acquire a copy of your plat, but
keep in mind any improvements made without proper knowledge of property limits could
result in litigation.
Are there maps online?
Yes. You can find maps on our website at
Is it possible to find the
owner of an address?
Yes. If you know the address or the parcel number you
can find the owner on our webpage at
Select, “I Agree.” Then enter either the parcel number or the street number, name,
and direction. Then click search.