OLYMPIA — Property tax statements and postcard notices will start to arrive in taxpayer mailboxes on February 13th according to Shawn Myers, Thurston County Treasurer. Taxpayers have until April 30th to pay their first half property taxes. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date to avoid interest and penalty charges. Payments can be made on the County Treasurer’s web site at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treasurer/ using an electronic check without a fee or by credit/debit card with a 2.75% transaction fee. Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office in Building One or the parking lot drop box at the courthouse-2000 Lakeridge Drive SW,Olympia, 98502. Office hours are 8a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday.
In total the Treasurer’s Office will collect $324 million in property taxes this year; approximately
$9-million more than in 2011. The vast majority of those tax proceeds go to the State of Washington, local schools and other local taxing districts.
County Assessor, Steven Drew and County Treasurer, Shawn Myers continue to work together in order to provide valuable and accessible information regarding property assessments and taxes. Property taxes are calculated based upon the value established for each property and the taxing district levy rates where each property is located. In this tax cycle, most properties experienced a reduction in value and new taxes were approved for many of the taxing districts across the county. For many taxpayers these factors will result in an increase in the overall taxes owed in connection with their property. For more information about 2011 assessed values and 2012 levies please visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/assessor/ and follow the links.
In an ongoing effort to save tax dollars the Treasurer is partnering with doxo.com to offer paperless billing. For the first time taxpayers will have the opportunity to receive future property tax statements/notices electronically through doxo.com, a third party vendor. doxo.com is a free, green alternative that enables taxpayers to receive and manage many of their billing statements electronically in addition to their property taxes.