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2021 Taxes

2021 Taxes

Release Date: February 16, 2021

2021 Property Taxes

King County to Mail First Tax Bills Since the Beginning of the Pandemic: Some Areas Will See Increases Due to the Passage of Special Levies

COVID 19 Pandemic Has Not Affected Home Values, but Some Commercial Businesses Have Taken a Major Hit

Overview of 2021 Property Taxes

Voter approval of special levies, in conjunction with a strong housing market, will generate a 4.03% general increase in King County property tax collections for 2021 – although some jurisdictions will see double digit increases.

Overall, countywide property tax collections for the 2021 tax year are $6.6 billion, an increase of $256 million from the previous year of $6.3 billion. Total County property value increased by 2.65%, from $642.5 billion to $659.5 billion between 2020 and 2021.

“This year’s tax bills reflect the complexity of our property tax system,” said Assessor John Wilson. “Taxes are going up for many county residents, but not all. And the pandemic which has affected all our lives has hit the economy hard, but has not dramatically affected property values.”

King County Treasury will begin sending out the annual property tax bills February 16. King County collects property taxes on behalf of the state, the county, cities, and taxing districts (such as school and fire districts), and distributes the revenue to these local governments.   Click here for more information

About 57 percent of 2021 King County property tax revenues pays for schools. Property taxes also fund voter-approved measures for veterans and seniors, fire protection, and parks. King County receives about 17 percent of your property tax payment for roads, police, criminal justice, public health, elections, and parks, among other services.

Local Levies Lead to Property Tax Increases

By state law, property taxes are calculated on values set January 1, 2020 – well before the economic impacts from COVID-19. During 2020, many local special levies, particularly for schools, were passed by voters. Taxes to fund those levies will be collected for the first time this year, leading to property tax increases in many parts of the county.

For example, the four largest increases are in Pacific, up 13% over 2020, Enumclaw, up 11%, Maple Valley, up 15%, and Algona, up 18%. The increases in Maple Valley and Enumclaw are the result of voters approving new levies in the Tahoma and Enumclaw school districts. The increases in Pacific and Algona are due to the passage of two levies in the Auburn School District, and the passage of a new levy by the Valley Regional Fire district.

Property taxes vary depending upon location, the assessed value of the property, and the number of jurisdictions levying taxes (such as state, city, county, school district, port, fire district, etc.). A number of levies and other property tax measures were approved by voters in 2020 for collection in 2021, and are the main factors driving property tax increases in some parts of the county They include:

  • City of Kirkland: One-year permanent levy lid lift
  • Si View Metropolitan Park District: One-year permanent levy lid lift
  • Fire District 61 (Valley Regional Fire Authority) – One-year permanent lid lift
  • Five (Auburn, Issaquah, Kent, Tahoma, and Tukwila) of the 20 school districts in King County passed Enhancement levies, for a total of $531,309,616.
  • The Enumclaw, Auburn, Tahoma, Tukwila and Highline School Districts all passed Capital Projects levies.
  • Bellevue School District passed an unlimited bond for $675m over 20 years.
  • King County – Passed a 20-year, $1,740,000,000 bond measure for capital improvements to Harborview Medical Center.
  • Three fire districts (#27 Fall City, #39 South King and #44 Mountain View) passed 4-year M&O levies

(Click here to see a spreadsheet showing the changes by city)

Property Values Largely Unaffected By the COVID-19 For 2021 Taxes

The King County Assessor has been monitoring the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. While residential housing values have remained steady, some commercial sectors are being heavily impacted. It is important to note, however, that, by state law, values are set as of January 1 each year. Taxes collected this year are based on the value of the property on January 1, 2020. Therefore, any changes in commercial values caused by COVID will be reflected in the 2021 assessed value for taxes payable in 2022.

“The world today is radically different than it was on January 1, 2020 when state law has us set assessed values for this year’s taxes,” said Wilson. “While residential values have been steady, many businesses have been either temporarily closed or their operations dramatically constrained. And thousands of workers have been laid off or furloughed.”

Last year the Assessor launched an online portal to allow commercial property owners to inform King County of impacts to their property value. Commercial taxpayers should go here: to report these COVID impacts.

“We want to accurately capture the effects COVID has had on commercial property values,” said Wilson. “This portal will help us do that. And we hope the legislature will take action on legislation we have proposed to help these commercial properties now.”

Click here for Property Tax 2021 Presentation (.PDF, 2,674KB), Audio (.MP4, 15MB)

Seniors and the Disable May Be Eligible for Tax Relief

For seniors and the disabled, it is important to be aware of our state’s property tax relief programs. King County taxpayers who are 61 years or older, or disabled, own their home, and have an annual income of $58,423 or less after certain medical or long-term care expenses, may be eligible for tax relief. Taxpayers should visit this site: for more information and to apply online.

During 2020 we saw a more than 300% increase in the number of residents applying for Senior Exemptions. We expect more homeowners to apply in 2021. Processing applications with staff working at home due to the pandemic has been a challenge, but King County is doing everything possible to swiftly process applications.

Property owners can find tax levy rates and more property related information by visiting the eReal Property Search on the King County Assessor’s website or by calling 206-296-7300.

Property Search

Assessor eReal Property Search

View valuations, property characteristics, levy rates, and sale history

Contact us
General Info: 206-296-7300
TTY: 1-800-833-6388
Senior Exemptions: 206.296.3920

Tax Advisor Office

King County Tax Advisor

Provide advice and assistance on property tax related matters including appeals

Contact us
Telephone: 206-477-1060
Toll Free: 1-800-325-6165 ext. 7-1060
TTY Relay: 711
Fax: 206-296-0948

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Property Tax Hotline: 206-263-2890
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Where Do Your Property Tax Dollars Go?

2021 Property Taxes Pie Chart

A day in the life of a King County Appraiser

Tax Advisor Office
How King County's revenue falls behind even as property taxes go up

2020 Area Reports: The King County Department of Assessments annually revalues 700,000 parcels.

Area Reports are provided between June and October. The following files are in .PDF format, and are all roughly 250 KB to 3,000 KB in size. You will need a copy of PDF reader to view these files. For more information visit Software help.

Commercial Specialty Area

Area Location Name Mail Date
250Major Retail10-15-2020
280Major Offices10-1-2020
413Fast Food/ Institutional Restaurants9-24-2020
15 and 730Floating Homes and Houseboats9-17-2020
160Hotels and Motels9-10-2020
520Business Parks9-3-2020
608Mini Storage8-27-2020
510High Tech – Flex8-20-2020
153Retirement Homes8-6-2020
174Nursing Homes8-6-2020

Residential Area

Area Location Name Mail Date
2Central Shoreline10-15-2020
21South Beacon Hill/ Rainier Valley10-15-2020
25Skyway/ Bryn Mawr10-15-2020
32NE Renton10-15-2020
34Mercer Island10-15-2020
46Sheridan Beach to Laurelhurst10-15-2020
75Issaquah Highlands/ Preston/ Snoqualmie Ridge10-15-2020
85NW Renton Hill10-15-2020
92NW Bellevue/ Enatai/ Meydenbauer/ Beaux Arts10-15-2020
96Burien/ SeaTac10-15-2020
1West Shoreline10-8-2020
8Lake City10-8-2020
12Queen Anne10-8-2020
16West Seattle10-8-2020
43Green Lake/ Wallingford10-8-2020
87Algona/ Pacific10-8-2020
6Haller Lake/ North Greenwood/ Crown Hill10-1-2020
7Northgate/ Maple Leaf/ Meadowbrook10-1-2020
19West Ballard10-1-2020
63Newport Shores/ Kennydale10-1-2020
72Redmond/ South Woodinville/ Sammamish Valley10-1-2020
73Kingsgate/ Queensgate10-1-2020
42Phinney Ridge/ Fremont9-24-2020
82East Ballard9-24-2020
3East Shoreline9-17-2020
38Bothell/ East Kenmore9-17-2020
56Maple Valley9-17-2020
79Beacon Hill9-17-2020
80North Bend/ Snoqualmie9-17-2020
15Central Area9-10-2020
41City of Enumclaw9-10-2020
39Broadview/ Blue Ridge/ Shilshole9-3-2020
45Wedgwood/ Bryant9-3-2020
93East Kirkland/ Rose Hill9-3-2020
100Vashon Island9-3-2020
31Somerset/ Eastgate8-27-2020
37Inglewood/ Finn Hill/ Juanita8-27-2020
61Kent Meridian8-27-2020
62Lea Hill8-27-2020
90Alpental/ Skykomish8-27-2020
33Medina/ Clyde Hill/ Hunts Point/ Yarrow Point8-20-2020
65Issaquah/ Lakemont8-20-2020
81Seward Park/ Mt. Baker8-20-2020
84Northeast Lake Washington8-20-2020
88Des Moines/ SeaTac/ Kent8-20-2020
36Woodinville/ Cottage Lake/ Hollywood Hill8-6-2020
44Ravenna/ University District8-6-2020
59Talbot Hill/ East Kent8-6-2020
66Mirrormont/ Tiger Mountain/ May Valley8-6-2020
77High Point/ Highland Park/ Westwood8-6-2020
18East West Seattle/ Georgetown/ South Park7-30-2020
48North Central West Seattle7-30-2020
53Twin Lakes7-30-2020
54Federal Way7-30-2020
58East Auburn/ SE Kent7-30-2020
68Bridle Trails/ Wilburton/ Central Bellevue7-30-2020
60Lake Youngs7-30-2020
47Lake Sammamish7-16-2020
67Lake Hills7-16-2020
69South Sammamish Plateau7-16-2020
91Sherwood/ Bel-Red/ SW Redmond7-16-2020
95East Woodinville/ Bear Creek/ Trilogy7-16-2020
4Lake Forest Park/ West Kenmore7-9-2020
22Rainier Beach7-9-2020
23Burien/ White Center7-9-2020
49Normandy Park7-9-2020
52Woodmont/ Redondo7-9-2020
13Capitol Hill7-2-2020
14Leschi/ Madison Park7-2-2020
26Steel Lake/ Star Lake7-2-2020
27West Hill Auburn
24Riverton Heights/ Tukwila7-2-2020
35North Sammamish Plateau7-2-2020
40Enumclaw Plateau7-2-2020
51Benson Hill/ Panther Lake7-2-2020
57Black Diamond/ East Maple Valley7-2-2020
70Duvall and Environs7-2-2020
71Redmond Ridge & Environs7-2-2020
94Carnation/ Fall City7-2-2020
Sub Area 10
West Hill Auburn


  • April 30th First half of property taxes due
    (If taxes are less than $50, full payment is due.)
  • April 30th Personal property listing forms due
  • June 1 Three percent penalty assessed on delinquent taxes
  • July 1 Appeals to the County Board of Equalization must be filed by July 1 or within
    60 days of notification.
  • Sept. 1 Applications for limited income
    deferrals due
  • Oct. 31 Second half of property taxes due
  • Dec. 1 Eight percent penalty assessed on delinquent taxes


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