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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: June 29, 2009

Jim Avery
Kitsap County Assessor

Phone: 360-337-7085
No: 09-42

Change-of-Value Notices Mailed to Property Owners

(Port Orchard) Change-of-value notices will be mailed to 105,215 Kitsap County property owners on July 1st. Most owners will see an 8-12% reduction in their January 1, 2009 assessed value when compared to the January 1, 2008 assessed value. The new values are posted on the “Parcel Search” feature at the assessor’s homepage at Click on “assessor data” and “value history”.

Sales from January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 were analyzed in determining the January 1, 2009 assessed value. In the analysis sales prices were typically adjusted from the sale date to the January 1, 2009 appraisal date using a minus 1% per month trend factor. Sales used in the analysis are shown by neighborhood on the assessor’s webpage.

Property owners in Bremerton may see more variation in their change percentage. These properties received their required six-year physical inspection prior to the setting of this year’s value. Any property characteristic changes noted in that inspection are reflected in the new value.

Taxpayers in the typical 8-12% reduction range should not expect a corresponding reduction in next year’s taxes. Taxing districts (state, county, cities, fire, port and library districts) will continue to be allowed the 1% increase to their previous levy amount. Additionally voters in the Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, Bremerton, and Bainbridge School Districts have previously authorized school districts to increase their annual maintenance and operations levy by 4-6% depending on the school district. The South Kitsap School District voters earlier this year approved a 14% increase to their M&O levy. Substantial increases approved for EMS levies in both the South Kitsap and Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Districts will take effect in 2010.

Those disagreeing with the January 1, 2009 estimate of market value will have sixty days to appeal to the County Board of Equalization. Potential appellants should first contact the assessor’s office at 360.337.7160 to review property characteristics and receive property specific valuation information. Information on property tax relief programs is also available.

Included with this press release is a worksheet showing the typical residential assessed value changes by neighborhood within the county.

Additional Resources:

2009 median property value % change

Kitsap County Parcel Search


To contact the Public Information Officer, 
call Doug Bear at 360-337-4598 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014