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King Co Wants You to Know...

What happens when you write a blog post ripping on the recent property valuations from the King County Assessor?  Well, the next morning someone from the Assessor's Communications/Outreach Dept has a little 'hello' waiting for me in my inbox (Insert warm fuzzies here).  :-)

Here is what they want us to know:

Total property valuations are approaching pre-recession levels at $340.6 billion, (2008 total property value was $341 billion) up 7.6% overall from 2013 ($314.7 billion). “Continuing the 2013 trend, property values are increasing across King County as we emerge from the Great Recession,” said Assessor Lloyd Hara. “In 2013, we saw a residential increase in 76 out of 86 residential areas and we expect to see continued growth in residential values in 2014 for almost all residential areas in King County except for a small number of parcels in the Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass area.”




Kirkland Prezi on Property Values and Property Taxes: Click Here

View King County Assessor Lloyd Hara’s message to taxpayers: Click Here

As property values rebounds across King County, property owners are wondering what the increase might mean for their property tax in 2015. Washington voters in 2001 approved Initiative-747, and the state legislature reinstated I-747 in 2007, imposing a 1 percent cap per year on property tax increase unless voters approve a greater tax increase. 

Washington State operates under a revenue or “budget-based” property tax system in which taxing districts, such as counties, cities, ports, and fire, library, and school districts submit their annual adopted budgets to the Assessor’s Office. The Assessor determines the taxing rate that is necessary to generate enough revenue to meet the adopted budgets. The tax rates are based on the value of residential, commercial, and personal property in each county, which is established by the assessors.

Assessor Lloyd Hara would like to remind all property owners to carefully review the information contained in the valuation notice. If you feel a mistake has been made in valuing your property, it is recommended that you contact the Assessor’s Office directly before filing an appeal at 206-296-7300 or assessor.info@kingcountygov.

Property owners can review their property information online using eReal Property and review our Kirkland Area Report on the Assessor’s homepage at www.kingcounty.gov/assessor or with the Assessor’s staff to make sure an error has not been made. King County allows 60 days from the valuation’s postmark date to file an appeal with the King County Board of Equalizations.

In some parts of King County, up to 50 percent of your 2014 property taxes might be voter-approved tax measures. In the majority of cases, an increase in property taxes is due to voter-approved property tax measures. These are typically school, fire, or other levies or bonds. Find out your tax levy rate and more property related information by visiting eReal Property and on the King County Assessor’s website.




Fish Frolic Put on Ice

Here's an update on the iIsh Frolic from Barbie Young with KDA Events....
Thank you for your commitment to the Nytec Kirkland Fish Frolic. After reviewing the current status of our fish sales and bids, we realize that the demand for the fish was too great, and we feel that the auction on September 25 isn't the most logical format to sell the remaining fish. Therefore, we are rescheduling the Fish Frolic Auction until we have the opportunity to spawn more Fish! While it is exciting, we apologize if you have to change your plans this week. We think you will love what we've come up with - you can potentially end up owning one of these fish without writing a $5000 check! Stand by and we will share the plan with you shortly! We also have a Signature Fish Frolic Ltd. Edition Wine that we are offering for sale at $20 per bottle from Northwest Cellars. Thank you for understanding and your support of the Kirkland Downtown Association, Lake Washington School District & the Kirkland Community! We will keep you updated for our future event. Watch for updates at www.fishfrolic.org

Gala Fish Frolic Auction 9/25- Hurry for Tickets!

The Kirkland Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Nytec, are holding a Gala Fish Frolic Auction at the Woodmark Hotel on Thursday, Sept 25th from 5:30-9pm.  This is a fundraiser to support community events throughout the year, the flowerpots in downtown Kirkland, and a portion of the proceeds also benefits Lake WA Schools Foundation

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here.  But hurry because time is running out! Look how cool these fish are that have been created by local artists and you will be bidding on.  Love the one   (photo above) by Elizabeth Kincaid with the big red lips titled "Lovers in the Night." There will be a raffle, door prizes, dinner, dessert, drink tickets, music- all the components for a fun party... except your friends- so throw on a cocktail dress and bring them too!  ~j

Google Surprises Teachers with Flash Funding

Googlers, class & Ed Murray low res
is a crowd-funding nonprofit website where teachers can post things they need most for their classroom, and donors can support their favorite projects.  It was started by a teacher and the site tells a really interesting story of their history. And thanks to the awesomeness of this site and the over-the-top generosity of Google, on Monday 9/15, they unveiled a big surprise-- Google is going to fund EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM PROJECT in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.  Yep, Kirkland- that means us! Yipppeeeee!!   I hope our teachers have been using this site.  Estimates are that this will be approximately $315,000 in paper, pencils, books, tablets, instruments, field trips and other supplies.   

The surprise announcement was made at Highland Park Elementary School in Seattle (photo).  Those are some happy faces!  Way to show the (local) love, Google!

King County Assessor Kicks A$$ in Kirkland

WHAT IS UP with the property value notices that just came out?!?! Is this happening to you too?  Ours went up 20% from last year, which nearly made me spill my wine coffee.  I've heard lots of other residents squawking in disbelief also.  One Kirkland friend said her assessment is 100% higher than last year (with no changes or improvements to land/dwelling).  The real estate market is picking back up, but not THAT fast. 

I haven't called their office yet, but it sounds like to appeal your evaluation you need to act quickly.  July 1, 2014 or 60 days from the mailing date on the postcard....clearly the latter in my case.  You can also contact the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300 assessor.info@kingcounty.gov or the King Co Board of Equalization 206-696-3496. Please share your story in the comments if you have experienced a tax-induced heart attack or been through the appeals process. 

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

in October? NO!  Let's expedite this beer-drinking celebration to Sept 26-28th in downtown Kirkland.  Marina Park will transform into a Bavarian village with games, costumes, contests, beer, brats and undoubtedly, a weiner dog contest.  There is also a Kirkland "Morganfahrt" Oktoberfest 5K on Sunday at 9am, so you can burn a few calories before you fill your stein.   $35 for the run gets you into the Biergarten afterwards, if you are 21, of course. 

Tickets and proof of age  is are required at the authentic Muchen-style Biergarten which is open the following hours:

Friday, September 26 -- 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM* (21+ Only)
Saturday, September 27 -- 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM* (21+ Only)
Sunday, September 28 -- 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM** (21+ in Biergarten. 5K Run and Wiener Dog Races are all ages)

Biergarten tickets can be purchased here.  $10 for general admission or $49 for the VIP's.  Or sign up to volunteer here.  Questions? rob.butcher@mac.com