Assessor

REINSPECTION OF PORT LUDLOW, SHINE, AND SURROUNDING PROPERTIES
January, 2022

This year (2022), appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are performing re-inspections of our Cycle 3 properties, also identified as the properties within the southern portion of the Chimacum School District.   This presents us the opportunity to make more detailed adjustments to individual properties in order to maintain neighborhood equity, which is important for both this and the following statistical 5 years.   In general, values change at the same rate for a neighborhood whether performed statistically or through reinspection.  Physical re-inspections give us more detailed control.  

Due to the number of re-inspections to be performed, our appraisers are not able to notify owners beforehand on when they will be in their neighborhoods.   We take every precaution we are able to, both to not surprise property owners as well as to avoid any activity that puts anyone at risk for COVID transmission.   We follow all COVID recommended protocols.

Later in the year, property owners in Jefferson County will be mailed change of value notices reflecting any change in assessment.

RESULTS FROM 2021 VALUATIONS

Change in Value Increases 2020 to 2021 (for 2022 taxes) (all properties including vacant land):
Port Townsend 10.26%
Fire District 1 Less PT (Tri-area, Kala Point, Cape George, North Quimper) 9.88%
Fire District 2 (Quilcene) 12.69%
Fire District 3 (Port Ludlow/Shine) 9.52%
Fire District 4 (Brinnon) 7.31%
Fire District 5 (Discovery Bay) 14.66%
Countywide 10.22%

Median residential home assessed values (1/1/2021) are:
Brinnon 263,306 (6.27%*)
Quilcene 296,794 (14.32%*)
Tri-Area 322,061 (8.43%*)
Gardiner 419,233 (20.85%*)
Port Townsend 385,158 (7.82%*)
North Quimper Unincorporated 424,923 (9.74%*)
Port Ludlow 456,704 (7.94%*)
Marrowstone Island 499,076 (7.99%*)
Countywide 388,313 (9.75%*)

* Increase over 1/1/2020 value

Average tax changes in 2022 for residential properties are ranging from an increase of 1.4% in Port Ludlow and Marrowstone to an increase of 20.7% in Gardiner (includes new voted Sequim SD Capital Project levy).

If you have questions regarding the assessment process, please do not hesitate to contact the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office.   Our website is https://co.jefferson.wa.us/151/Assessor

Jeff Chapman


Jefferson County Assessor
As your Assessor, one of my functions is to have this office be transparent and accessible to you.  This web section will provide you with information on questions you may have regarding the Assessor’s office.  If further assistance is needed, the Assessor’s staff is always willing to answer your questions. 

It is our goal to appraise all property fairly and equitably, to maintain accurate and accessible property records and give prompt and courteous customer service.
 

State law requires that the Assessor value property at 100% of true and fair market value.  The market value is the amount of money that a willing and unobligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and unobligated seller.  An individual sale does not automatically establish the value of a property.  The Assessor uses multiple sales to establish market value.

Responsibilities
The Jefferson County Assessor’s office is required to physically inspect, appraise and revalue all real property once every 6 years with an annual review and update based on sales analysis.  This appraisal cycle is established by the state constitution & state laws, enforced by the State Department of Revenue. 

·     We maintain inventory, description, ownership, sales and mapping for all properties.

·     We provide information, education and assistance.

·     We provide public computer access to assessment data, also now available on the Internet through the Real Property Search.

·     We allocate value to taxing districts, calculate levy rates and certify tax roll to our Treasurer and provide information for tax exemptions:

o   Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Exemption

o   Open Space Taxation, Forest Land Exemption, Farm & Agriculture Exemption

o   Historic Properties Exemption

o   Residential Home Improvement Exemption

·     We prepare the defense of valuations for appeal board cases.

·     We maintain business personal property listings and audits.

We do not, mail or collect your taxes.  Please contact the Treasurer’s Office (360) 385-9150.

We do not, assist with completing your appeal form or take your appeal form.  Please contact the Board of Equalization (360) 385-9100.

Revaluation
Real Property is land and any improvements, such as buildings, attached to the land. Properties are revalued annually and are physically inspected at least once every six years. After determining the value, the Assessor mails property owners a “Change of Value Notice.” The notice states the new and the old values. By comparing the two values, property owners can tell whether their property has increased or decreased in value. The notice also breaks down the value between land and improvements. Valuation notices are NOT tax bills. An increase in value does not mean that next year’s property taxes will increase at a proportionate rate. 

Residential Revaluation Map