July 28, 2014
The Spokane County Assessor’s Office is responsible for administering a Washington State program for property that has been destroyed by natural disasters, fire, etc. The program is the “Taxpayer’s Claim for Reduction of Assessments resulting from Destroyed Real or Personal Property or Loss of Value in a Declared Disaster Area.” Qualifying property owners receive an adjustment to the taxes due for 2014, depending on the value of the remaining property. If the property is a total loss, then abatement will be done for the remainder of the year.
With the recent wildfires and wind damage throughout the county, some property owners may qualify for the program. Forms are mailed and are also available online at www.spokanecounty.org/assessor and click on the “Destroyed Property” link on the left side of the page. The online form can be filled out and should be emailed to email@example.com for processing. After the form is received, the appraiser of record for each area will inspect the property and take photos. The appraiser will then determine the new assessed value and the Assessor’s Office will complete the process. The information will be sent to the Treasurer’s Office to compute the new tax value and notify the property owner.
Those who qualify will receive an adjustment to the taxes due for 2014, depending on the value of the remaining property. If the property is a total loss, then abatement will be done for the remainder of the year.
For more information, contact the Spokane County Assessor’s Office at (509) 477-3698.
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