Property taxes for most Snohomish County residents will go up this year, and some residents will see their taxes increase by nearly one-third.
Taxes will increase 10.7% countywide, the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office announced last week.
Marysville will see the largest hike with taxes for the typical resident increasing 32%. That greatly outpaces Marysville home values, which rose 9.2% last year.
The typical Darrington resident will see the second largest increase with taxes increasing 18.1%, and Bothell residents will see a 17.4% increase.
The only city where taxes actually dropped was Index, where home values decreased 3.3%, and taxes will go down 5.4%.
The tax increases come from several sources, according to the assessor’s office.
Snohomish County voters approved 11 property tax measures that were on the ballot last year, including seven levies for fire districts, parks and recreation and regional fire authorities.
The higher tax rate is also fed by legislation the Legislature passed to address school funding shortages. In 2017, lawmakers approved a statewide property tax hike, which increases taxes between 2018 and 2021. This year the combined rate increased by 30 cents. Last spring lawmakers also lifted the “levy lid,” allowing districts to collect up to $2.50 for every thousand dollars in property value, up from $1.50.
The Snohomish County Treasurer’s Office will begin mailing tax statements Feb. 14.