By BRUCE WALKER,
Pacific County Assessor
Property tax statements for 2013 will be mailed around February 13. Most people won’t see much of a change from 2012. Going to an annual revaluation system last year helped get rid of those big changes we used to see and makes property taxes more predictable.
Property values continued to drop in the county. The total assessed value of the county used for levy calculations is $2,372,878,571, which is $272,898,185 less than 2011. The total property tax levy amount in Pacific County decreased from $30,843,619.28 in 2012 to $30,391,723.51 for 2013. This was due mainly to the Naselle School bond running out and the Port of Ilwaco’s Industrial levy, which was not renewed. The state school levy also decreased from $2.40 to $2.36 per thousand dollars of assessed value.
Voters approved increases in the M&O’s (Maintenance and Operations) for Ocean Beach, Willapa Valley, Naselle, Pe Ell and Ocosta school districts while Raymond and South Bend M&O’s remained the same. Increased timber harvest funds helped drive down the amounts needed to be levied for capital construction bonds and school M&O’s levies.
Voters also approved raising the rate to the statutory amount of $1.00 per thousand in Fire Districts 3 and 15. All 3 EMS levies; Pacific (North Pacific County), Fire 1 (Long Beach Peninsula) and Fire 15 (Brooklyn /North River) are at their statutory limits of $.50 per thousand.
Those of us living in tax district 39; Raymond, have the highest levy rate in the county (and possibly the state) at $17.46 per thousand, while those with property in district 70; the timbered non residential Northeast part of the county, have the lowest at $8.03 per thousand.
All of the property tax statistics, increases or decreases per year, breakdown by taxing district and more can be found by going to the Pacific County website at www.co.pacific.wa.us and under Assessor clicking on 2013 Tax Book. We also have the Mapsifter program, which provides aerial views and mapping, and the Taxsifter program with the individual parcel information. If you see anything that needs corrected at any of our sites or have any other questions or would like me to talk to your group, don’t hesitate to call at 875-9301, 642-9301, 484-7301 or 267-8301.