Citing a shortage of appraisers, the Spokane County Assessor’s Office reports that the 2017 property tax assessments are behind schedule.
According to Assessor Vicki Horton, the office is unable to complete the 2017 valuations in time to meet the statewide schedule for placing and listing property values, and sending the notices to property owners by the end of May or early June. Horton says that the assessment notices probably won’t be completed and mailed until September or October. (While the valuation placing and listing schedule is state law, there is no penalty for noncompliance.)
Once property owners receive an assessment notice, they will still have 30 days from the postmarked date to file an appeal.
Chief Deputy Assessor Byron Hodgson says it’s difficult for county government to compete with the private sector in recruiting qualified appraisers.
“We’ve had eight vacancies in the residential appraisal section. Six vacancies were created by employees who retired and took with them decades of experience,” Hodgson said. At full staff, the assessor’s office has 43 employees, including 14 residential, eight commercial and three personal property appraisers.
The assessor’s office revalues real estate annually and physically inspects each property at least once every six years.
In 2016, the office assessed 230,612 tax parcels for the 2017 tax year. Spokane County’s total assessed value for 2016 was $42.4 billion, a 5.5-percent increase over 2015.
For more information, go to spokanecounty.org/assessor or call 477-3698.