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King County Property Tax Relief Plan Heads to Full Council Vote

king county council, king county metropolitain councilThe King County Council Committee of the Whole on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Vice Chair Reagan Dunn that will provide financial relief for property taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The proposed motion is now being sent to the full King County Council for a final vote.

Dunn’s motion asks the county treasurer to design and implement a payment plan for residents who are delinquent on their first half 2020 property taxes, which were due June 1. This plan would give flexibility for 2020 property tax bill payments to help those who are suffering financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe it’s an act of leadership for the County to shoulder a share of the financial burden that many of its residents are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dunn said. “This is good policy that offers a little leniency to folks who need it most.”

On March 30, King County extended the due date for the first half of 2020 property taxes from April 30 to June 1, 2020. Since then, economic activity in King County has plummeted and unemployment rates have skyrocketed to 15.8%, according to the Employment Security Department’s April report. As of June 11, 46,000 people were delinquent on their 2020 property tax payments, which amounts to a 28% increase from 2019.

The legislation will go before full council in a week, on June 23.


The above is a press release from the King County Council. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.

One Comment

  1. Charles H Best Charles H Best June 19, 2020

    This is a tax relief which will affect a limit # of property owners, most pay taxes thru their bank in a reserve account which is part of the monthly mortage payment. If that is late foreclosurer happens. I hope banks are not using the Co-vin as an excuse to delay monies already paid by the home owner. If the County really wants to give tax payer relief, speed up the long delayed review and approval of property tax exemptions for low income seniors. This was started in Feb for 2020 and was to be done in 6-8 weeks. It is projected to be after Nov before it will be resolved. Why? I can only guess that it involves a large refund to be returned to property owners.

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