The Assessor-Treasurer is aware that Cascade Water Alliance lowered Lake Tapps to make needed repairs several months ago, and due to record low White River flows it has been slow to refill. Recently, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project has allowed some water to be diverted into the lake, and water levels are gradually rising toward recreational levels. We understand that a second phase of the project is to allow more water in soon.
The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer is required by law to value property at 100% of the true and fair market value as of January 1, 2015. Therefore, the value change notice being mailed on July 6, 2015 is based on analysis of property sales in your neighborhood during the previous year. This value becomes the basis for your property taxes in 2016. Any actual market impact from the lowered 2015 lake level (or any other factors) that is reflected in sales taking place this year, will be used to establish the January 1, 2016 value of your property.
Your 2015 Property Tax
Property Tax amounts for 2015 are now posted on this website and statements are being mailed to taxpayers. First half payment are due no later than April 30.
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Assessing New Construction
Assessor-Treasurer's office adds one billion dollars of New Construction value to Pierce County tax rolls in 2014.
Property Values Increase
Property Values Increase
Trends in home values are raising many Pierce County property assessments.
Thanks for the many positive comments about our improved website. We continue to innovate and improve the methods we use to value all Pierce County residential and commercial properties, the ways we communicate with taxpayers, and how we collect property taxes to provide the many services of local government. We have adopted the motto "Better every day", and will apply it to all areas of our office. I'll keep you informed of our progress here from time to time.
In the "Contact Us" area to the right of your screen, you will see a box that says "Have a Question?/Click to chat live." This is our new Live Chat feature, allowing you to communicate online directly with one of our Customer Service representatives during office hours. Yes, you can still call, write, email or visit us, but this new way of getting quick answers is already becoming popular.
We are now half-way through our current annual cycle of Physical Inspection of properties - each year one-sixth of the 320,000 parcels in Pierce County are viewed by our appraisers. This is done to make sure our records are accurate and note any changes that affect the value for tax purposes. During 2014 we are inspecting all residential properties on the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas and Fox Island. It's often not necessary to talk with the owner or occupant, but if we have a question, we will knock on your door or leave a calling card.
Finally, we welcome our new Certified and Accredited Appraiser to our team, Larry Claunch. He brings many years of appraisal experience, to help us value your property fairly and equitably.
Live Chat for Property Tax Questions
News from PCTV--Now you can chat by computer with your Assessor-Treasurer's office if you have a question about your property tax statements.
Valuations Show Property Value Increase
Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan discusses property valuations on the Pierce County News TV show.
To learn more about property valuations, please call us at (253) 798-6111, send us an email, or visit the Property Assessment section of our website.
Appraisal Swearing-In Ceremony
All property appraisers employed by Pierce County have re-affirmed their oath of office. County Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan administered the oath to members of his staff, and presented them with framed certificates.
The Oath reads in part, "I will, to the best of my judgment, skill and ability; truly, faithfully, diligently and impartially perform the duties as an Appraiser, as such duties are prescribed by law, so help me God. "
The appraisers serve on four teams within the Assessor-Treasurer's office: residential, commercial, statistical and appeals. Each of them is Accredited by the Washington State Department of Revenue to evaluate property for tax purposes.
Welcome to the Assessor-Treasurer's Website
As your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer, I am honored to lead a team of 70 people dedicated to serving you with respect and earning your trust. While almost no one enjoys paying taxes, we all understand that schools, roads, libraries, parks and public safety need our support. Our pledge to you is that we will make every effort to see that you are taxed fairly and correctly, and if we do make a mistake, we’ll fix it.
On behalf of over 100 taxing districts in Pierce County which are served by the Assessor-Treasurer’s office, thank you for making these public services possible by your property tax support. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this website—or an idea to improve our service to you, please contact us.