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Island County: Facts about county taxes

Tax facts:

1) The average Whidbey Island 2003 residential real estate tax bill is $488.00 which is below the state average.

2) The total increase in the average Island County residential tax bill in 2003 was $90.00.

3) The composite tax rate for Island County in 2003 was $9.88 per $1000.00. The state average for 2003 is $12.33 per $1000.00.

4) Statewide, the average increase in real estate tax for 2003 was 2.49 percent..

5) The average increase in Island County’s real estate tax in 2003 was 3.44 percent.

6) The average residential tax bill in 2003 for Island County was $1978.00.

For Snohomish County $2841.00.

For Skagit County $2489.00.

For Callam County $2399.00.

For Jefferson County $2373.00.

For King County $2312.00.

7) Of the 39 Washington counties, Island County’s tax rate, $9.88 per $1000.00, is lower than in 37 of the counties.

For Snohomish County $13.32.

For Skagit County $12.16.

For Callam County $11.81.

For Jefferson County $11.62.

For King County $10.99.

Tom Baenen

Island County Assessor

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