Normandy Park has smallest property tax increase in King County, just 9.06%

By Jack Mayne

Normandy Park will get the smallest percentage increase of property taxes in the county this year – 9.06 percent – with taxes for the median-valued home ($559,000) rising nearly $670, says a report from King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson.

Other King County cities fall somewhere in the middle. Seattle’s tax increase will be 16.9 percent, so the owner of a median-valued home ($597,000) in the state’s largest city will pay about $825 more than the owner of a median-valued home last year.

In general, property taxes will increase because the Washington Legislature approved the new school financing scheme resulting from the state Supreme Courts’ so-called McCleary decision by the Washington State Supreme Court.

In Normandy Park, the assessor says the median home price in 2017 was $521,000 but because of its stability, the median home price in the 2018 was $559,000. The city’s levy rate went up only slightly, from 14.18 to 14.42 percent. The taxes for that median home will increase by $669, from $7,389.51 to $8,058.64.

General increase of 17 percent
Wilson says on his website that county property taxes will increase “about 17 percent on average this year, primarily due to additional taxes passed by the Legislature to increase funding for K-12 education.

“About 57 percent of property tax revenues collected in King County pays for schools. Property taxes also fund voter-approved measures for veterans and seniors, fire protection, and parks among other services,” Wilson says.

Normandy Park has the lowest property tax growth rate because homes in the community have maintained their previous values and so there was just a small change, the assessor said.

Tax increase percentages of other cities in South King County have gone up more than Normandy Park. Des Moines’ property taxes are increasing almost 21 percent; SeaTac up to nearly 19 percent, Kent is up 15 percent and Tukwila by 17 percent.

The biggest tax rate hits was for the east King County city of Carnation, where the tax rate skyrocketed 37.47 percent.

In Burien, the median cost of a home was $289,000, but that increased $48,000 to a median cost of $337,000 in 2018. Taxes on that valuation went from $3,9ll to $4,618 this year, or an increase of 18.08 percent.

But Burien City Manager Brian Wilson said the city “expects to collect approximately 1 percent, or $76,000, more in property taxes in 2018.”

Legislature acts
The added reason for the hike is the fact that after years of being told by the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington Legislature had to respond to the court’s declaration that it was unconstitutionally supporting the common school.

In 2017, the Legislature wrote new tax code.

“The State Supreme Court ruled that the state must make new investments into public education; as a result the legislature added $1.01 per thousand dollars of assessed value, in King County, to their portion of property tax collection in order to fund the mandate,” says Wilson.

Low-income seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners may qualify for a property-tax exemption offered by King County. Information on how to apply for an exemption, along with other property-assessment-related information, can be found at 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).

With property taxes going up 16.92 percent on average, that means countywide property tax billings will be $5.6 billion in 2018, up from $4.8 billion last year. Aggregate property values in King County increased by 13.41 percent, going from $471.5 billion in 2017 to $534.7 billion in 2018.

To avoid interest and penalties, the first half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by April 30, 2018. The second half property taxes must be paid or postmarked by Oct. 31, 2018.

To view the full report, click here (PDF file).


2 Responses to “Normandy Park has smallest property tax increase in King County, just 9.06%”
  1. Mike Nordin says:

    This story misleads people to think that NP has gotten some kind of break and does not tell the whole story. Before we all celebrate how “lucky” we are in Normandy Park, the reality is that everyone is paying the exact same increase of $1.01 per thousand in evaluation. Because our current mil rate in NP is nearly the highest in King Co already, the $1.01 that everyone is paying is less of a percentage increase to NP compared to to ohers because of or our already very high mil rate.

  2. C. F. Smith says:

    I was looking forward to a 9% increase. (Just kidding!) Instead, our property tax increased by 14%! Last year it was a 10% increase. Vote the bums out! (BTW our address is on SW 19st Street.)

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