King County Assessor releases Taxpayer Transparency Tool for August election

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 12:49pm
  • News

King County Assessor John Wilson has released his August 2019 Taxpayer Transparency Tool, a website which provides each King County taxpayer an individualized accounting of where their property tax dollars go, and the estimated cost of any proposed property tax measure to be voted on.

Residents in areas with property tax measures on the ballot will be able to see how those measures will affect them. The following property tax measures are before voters, and listed in the tax transparency tool:

Countywide:

• Replacement of the existing King County Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space levy

Parts of South King County:

• Regional Fire Authority levy for fire protection and emergency medical services.

There is a link to the tool on left side menu of the Assessor’s webpage.

“Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going, and what each proposed property tax levy will cost them,” Wilson said. “Property taxes keep going up. We need to make sure the public understands why.”

The Transparency Tool only shows the impact of property tax measures. Other ballot measures, including sales tax measures or benefit charges, are not included. The Tax Transparency Tool was introduced by Assessor Wilson and first used during the April special election in 2018.

The Tax Transparency Tool was developed for the King County Assessor by Spatialest Inc, a unique enterprise software company focusing on Location, Value and Technology. The company also created “Localscape” for the King County Assessor in 2014, a map-based visualization tool that aggregates data to present information.

More in News

The sixth annual Melanie Christianson Memorial Race showcases top barrel races and raises money for paralysis recovery in honor of Christianson. COURTESY PHOTO
Annual barrel race to fundraise for paralysis recovery

Melanie Christianson Memorial Race set for Aug. 25

Filipino Heritage Day comes to Neely Mansion on Aug. 24

Celebrating the Filipino-American arts, culture and people

Construction work slated for Auburn Way North, from 42nd Street NE to 45th Street NE | UPDATES

On Monday, Aug, 26, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 construction work by… Continue reading

ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter
From the ground up

Crews demolish old school to make way for a new one

King County Flood Control District awards $4.6 million for salmon habitat restoration and recovery

The King County Flood Control District has awarded more than $4.6 million… Continue reading

Terreno Realty Corp. buys industrial property in Auburn for $9.5 million

Terreno Realty Corp. has acquired a large, industrial property in Auburn, for… Continue reading

VRFA photo
VRFA: Car over an embankment; driver has non-threatening injuries

Valley Regional Fire Authority Engines 33 and 38 and King County Medics… Continue reading

VRFA fire and rescue blotter | Aug. 23

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 230 calls for service between… Continue reading

Closure canceled: Green River Road, north of Auburn Golf Course to Mary Olson Farm

The full closure of Green River Road that was scheduled to begin… Continue reading

Most Read