For Immediate Release: March 10, 2021
2021 Property Tax Statements Mailing This Week; 8% Average Bill Growth Due to Voted & Government Imposed Tax Increases; Treasurer Orders One Month Extension for Taxpayers
Spokane County, WA – Spokane County property tax statements will be mailed to taxpayers this week. Treasurer Michael Baumgartner previously authorized a one-month extension of Spokane County first half property taxes from April 30th to May 31st, 2021.
The average Spokane County property tax bill rose 8% in 2021 due to annual 1% property tax increases taken by the Spokane County Commissioners, City Councils, and other increases in government spending. Ballot measures approved by voters also contributed to a significant portion of the tax roll, totaling on average 39% of a county tax bill. The total tax roll in Spokane County grew from $658 million to $712.8 million in 2021, an 8% increase. Taxes distributed for state and local school funding total approximately 57% of property tax bills.
“Last year’s property tax increases were largely a result of a shift in state school funding through action of the state legislature. This year, Spokane County again saw its property assessed values grow in addition to tax increases authorized by government and in some cases voters themselves” said Michael Baumgartner, Treasurer of Spokane County “
Continued Baumgartner “While the Treasurer does not set your tax rates or have the ability to reduce or waive your tax obligations, I do have the authority to provide more time to pay during a state of emergency. There is no question that our local economy is still in recovery mode and I understand that increased property tax bills are only going to contribute to that stress. That is why I have authorized a one-month extension through May 31st for first half tax payments.”
Treasurer Baumgartner previously authorized a cumulative one hundred and five additional days to pay property taxes in 2020. The extension saved taxpayers approximately $1.2 million in delinquent penalty and interest fees while still maintaining a near 99% annual collection rate. Like previous extensions, delinquent property taxes and taxes paid on behalf of taxpayers through intermediaries such as mortgage loan service providers remain due by the original April 30th due date.
Resulting from a recent change in state law, this is the second year that all taxpayers will receive a full property tax statement. Tax statements include information on how taxes are distributed across the county, available senior or disabled tax exemptions, and payment methods.
Due to the Governor’s orders, the Treasurer’s Office remains closed for in-person services. However, Treasurer’s Office staff are available by phone and email Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. to assist taxpayers. Many Treasurer’s Office services are also available online at www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer.
Property Tax Payment Methods Include:
- Online Payments: Credit, debit, or e-check payments are accepted by visiting the Spokane County Treasurer’s website. A fee set by the payment vendor is assessed for online payments.
- Mail: Return to Spokane County Treasurer P.O. Box 199 Spokane, WA 99210
- Phone: Taxes can be paid by e-check or card by using our interactive voice response system. A fee set by the payment vendor applies to phone payments. Call (509) 477-4713 for phone payments.
- Tax Drop Box: Three property tax drop boxes are available for personal checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders located at the Spokane County Courthouse. Drop boxes are located outside the front entrance on W. Broadway Ave, inside the front entrance before security, and in the courthouse annex.
For Customer Service:
- General Treasurer’s Office Support: (509) 477-4713
- Tax Foreclosure: (509) 477-2073
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online Tax Payments & Other Services: www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer
- Assessor’s Office Senior & Disabled Exemptions: (509) 477-3698
“While we regret not being able to serve our customers over the counter, our staff have been working extremely hard to assist taxpayers since the onset of the pandemic last spring.” Added Baumgartner.