As new property valuations hit mailboxes throughout Whatcom County, our phones and emails have been lighting up with concerned tax payers.

We’ve heard from some of you that your assessed value increased by as much as 50%.

IF YOU WANT TO FILE AN APPEAL OF YOUR VALUATION OR TAXES… KEEP READING!

Must-Know Right Now Info: 

  • There is a deadline for appealing your taxes, and it is November 14, 2023
  • There is a form you MUST fill out and submit to make an appeal… that is the only accepted practice.
  • There is no charge for appealing.

The statement below is taken directly from the Whatcom County Assessor’s Website:

To file an appeal a taxpayer must complete an appeal petition form.

A letter or phone call will not be accepted as a substitute for the appeal petition form.

There is no charge for filing an appeal.

For taxpayers to reserve their appeal rights a petition must be filed according to the deadlines.

APPEAL DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 14, 2023

Here is the Board of Equalization’s web page on filing an appeal. It has relevant information..

This is the actual application you must use — highly recommend you read it and make the appeal if you feel your property was unjustifiably over-valued.

The information below appears on the application linked above:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/EVIDENCE: EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
You must prove that the Assessor’s determination is incorrect and prove what is correct for the Board to rule in your favor. This is why providing the Board with supporting documentation is extremely important.

Examples of different types of evidence:

• Sales information of similar properties – using sales that date close to January 1st of the assessment year. Two suggested ways to obtain comparable sales could be websites like Redfin and Zillow or a market analysis completed by a real estate agent. (All sales comparables will be adjusted to the assessment date)

• Cost estimates for repairs that need to be done to the building or land

• Official documents showing development limitation/easements

• Independent appraisals

• Photographs are very helpful

• Maps showing roads with high traffic, access limitation, etc.

If there is anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your BNP Realtor or email  [email protected] or 360-319-0696.