Board of Equalization
Until further notice, we are available by phone or appointment to serve you!
Call the clerk of the board at 425-388-3407 with questions or to make an appointment.
All hearings are being held remotely for the next few weeks. If you would like to attend a hearing, please contact the clerk for instructions. You may attend by Zoom or by telephone.
May’s top question: My tax bill is due, but it’s higher than I thought! How can I appeal my taxes?
Answer: The Board of Equalization may help address assessment errors if you appeal within 60 days of the mailing of your assessment notice. The Board of Equalization has no jurisdiction over your tax bill.
The board may accept petitions to appeal assessments and other determinations made by the Assessor’s office, but cannot accept appeals regarding your tax statement. For taxes payable in 2020, the appeal deadline for most taxpayers was August 20, 2019. New 2020 assessment notices will be mailed to most taxpayers in late June, and you have 60 days from the date of that notice to appeal your assessed value, for taxes payable in 2021. If you are unsure how or when you should appeal, please contact the clerk of the board at 425-388-3407 for more information.
About the Board
The board is an independent body organized to hear appeals of various determinations made by the assessor. It is comprised of five citizen members appointed by the Snohomish County Council, on the recommendation of the executive. The board’s goal is to provide an impartial hearing environment that protects each party’s due process rights and results in a fair decision. Board members must have knowledge of property values, and may not be an elected official or employed by an elected official. Board members are limited to three terms of three years each, and must attend training within one year of appointment or reappointment.
Submittal guidelines, deadlines and instructions are included within each form.
- Property Valuation Appeal - Residential or Commercial (PDF)
- Sales Comparison Worksheet (PDF)
- Personal Property Appeal - Business Equipment (PDF)
- Senior/Disabled Exemption Appeal (PDF)
- Current Use/Forest Land Designation Appeal (PDF)