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Auditor's Office

The King County Auditor promotes improved performance, accountability, and transparency in King County government through objective and independent audits and studies.

What brings you here?

Auditor's offices in other counties are sometimes responsible for functions that are handled by separate agencies in King County. The King County Auditor's Office does not handle issues or questions relating to:

Please see the linked pages above, or the Customer Service Center website, regarding any of the above services — or learn more about the Auditor's Office.

Documents in the recorders office

Recorder’s Office: Better Financial Oversight Will Reduce Risk | May 14, 2024

Photo of inside a housing unit at the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center

Juvenile Detention: Many Youth Face Long Stays in Facility Designed for Short-Term Support | Apr 24, 2024

Image of person holding credit card while making a purchase on a laptop

Purchase Card Controls: Risk Management and Improved Data Systems Required | March 28, 2024

Upcoming briefings and publications

Nothing upcoming

View King County Council's meetings calendar and agendas and live stream.

 

Audits and oversight in progress

The 2023-2024 work program outlines work to be initiated in this biennium. Have ideas for future audits? Submit your ideas via our community input form.

The following projects are underway: 

  • Transit Electrification
  • Vanpool
  • Space Planning
  • Harborview Project Oversight
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Jail Behavioral Health
 

Seeking Community Input 

Seeking Community Input

Help us promote positive change in King County government!

Do you have ideas for how King County can better serve you and your neighbors?
Increase racial justice and equity? Save money?

Visit our feedback form to submit your ideas.

News

Auditor’s Office Wins National Award for Audit of Property Tax Exemptions

The Association of Local Government Auditors’ Awards Program Committee announced that the King County Auditor’s Office’s report, “Property Tax Exemptions: Stronger Systems Needed to Meet Demand,” won the 2022 Distinguished Knighton Award in the large shop category, calling it one of the best reports of 2022. They noted that it was a relevant subject that could have significant impact on some of the most vulnerable residents of the community. They said the King County Auditor’s Office made specific, feasible, and actionable recommendations for improvement and the effective use and placement of visuals conveyed the message and enhanced the report’s readability. Rather than simply narrating a story, the auditor effectively used charts and graphs to demonstrate changes in workloads and backlogs to correlate the impacts on wait times for property tax exemption approvals.

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