The word is out; King County property taxes are going up by double-digit percentages. County Assessor John Wilson says across King County the average tax bill going out this month will be 17% greater than last year’s property tax. This increase is the result of a new school-funding plan that is part of the recently passed budget.
The plan is a response to the state Supreme Court’s landmark McCleary decision, in which the Court ruled that Washington was not adequately funding basic K-12 education. Using increased property taxes to pay for education is part of the budget that was signed by the governor last year.