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Posted on: September 20, 2023

Additional Tax Relief Available to Wildfire Victims

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Today, the Spokane County Assessor’s Office announced it has identified additional property tax relief available to those suffering from destroyed property because of the Gray and Oregon Road Fires.

“I am pleased to share that under state legislation passed in 2021, taxpayers may apply for a three-year exemption for physical improvement value added to single family dwellings because of property destroyed by the devastating Gray or Oregon Road Fires. In addition to earlier relief announced for assessed values, my office is here to be of assistance to taxpayers as our region continues to recover from the wildfires,” said Tom Konis, Spokane County Assessor.

“This is another step Spokane County is taking to provide relief to our community. We are continuing to work to streamline our permitting process and eliminate excessive red tape, so families and individuals can clean up and build back quickly,” said Mary Kuney, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners and representing District 4. Kuney added, “We continue to also work with our local, state, and federal partners to identify additional assistance and resources that we can make available to those in need.”

The reduction in value must exceed 20% of the assessed value and must have occurred on or after August 31, 2020. The amount of the exemption cannot exceed the amount of the destroyed property. Applications must be submitted to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office prior to starting construction on new improvements. No applications can be approved after June 2026. For more information call the Assessor’s Office at (509) 477-3698 or visit their website to locate the form. 

More information on the tax exemption is available from the Washington Department of Revenue.

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