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 in mid-December, 2020.
  • 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: 30 DAYS FROM WHEN NEW VALUATION NOTICES WERE MAILED (which was Nov. 19th, 2020).

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

Here are the appeal petition requirements — very basic.

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.

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

Good luck!