SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis issued a statement making wildfire victims aware of property tax relief available to those suffering from destroyed property because of the Gray and Oregon Road fires:
“Our hearts are with all the families and individuals affected by these horrific fires in Spokane County. As residents begin taking inventory of whole or partial damages to homes and their property, I want to make them aware of property tax relief that may be available to them under state law. My office is standing by to be of assistance to taxpayers as our region continues to respond and recover from the devastation. Once residents apply for this relief, we will begin making assessments as soon as it is safe and practical to do so,” said Tom Konis, Spokane County Assessor.
“The images and stories of loss in our community are truly heartbreaking. I am proud to partner with Assessor Konis to bring this much-needed relief to wildfire victims in our area and look forward to aiding the response and recovery efforts in the coming weeks in any way possible,” said Michael Baumgartner, Spokane County Treasurer.
“This is a small but important first step to provide relief to our community. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to identify additional assistance and resources that we can make available to those in need,” said Mary Kuney, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners and representing District 4.
Citizens with direct property losses due to the fires may call the Spokane County Assessor’s Office to see if they qualify and to apply at: (509) 477-3698, or visiting the Assessor’s website. The Assessor will then evaluate the taxpayer’s claim and determine if the property and taxpayer qualify for a reduction in value and tax relief. The County Treasurer will calculate the amount of the abatements and/or refund of taxes and notify the taxpayer of their determination. An application must be filed within three years of the date of destruction or reduction in value.
A Frequently Asked Questions guide is available from the Washington State Department of Revenue, along with additional details on the state law.