Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

The King County Assessor's Office annually values over 700,000 parcels and physically inspects 1/6th of the County each year. Property owners in King County should have received or will receive their 2014 property valuation in the mail between the months of June through October.

In addition to property assessments, the Assessor's Office also provides a property tax exemption program for low-income seniors (61 years of age or older) or property owners with disabilities. Depending on your income, you may be eligible to receive a standard, partial or full exemption. In addition, the value of your home will be frozen at the valuation of the initial application year. The exemption is a grant provided by the State of Washington and any property tax reduction does not have to be repaid upon transfer of ownership.

Please see the chart with three examples of real King County seniors currently enrolled in the exemption program. To check on your eligibility or for more information, contact Senior & Disability Exemptions at 206-296-3920 or visit

For Real Property Tax Information, call the King County Treasury at 206-296-0923. For assistance with tax matters, contact the King County Tax Advisor at 206-477-1060.

Contributor Lloyd Hara has served as King County Assessor since 2009. The Office of the King County Assessor handles assessments of more than 660,000 residential and commercial parcels in King County.

Mr. Hara invites King County residents—especially seniors, adults with disabilities, and residents of Shoreline and Mercer Island—to attend either of two Town Hall meetings that focus on property assessments. The meetings take place on the evenings of Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (Shoreline City Hall) and Thursday, August 14, 2014 (Mercer Island Community and Event Center). See the calendar in this issue for more information.