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What are the duties of the Snohomish County Assessor's office?

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The Snohomish County Assessor's Office's duties include assessing taxable personal and real property for property tax purposes. The Snohomish County Assessor's Office also administers a number of tax exemption programs.

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Tax exemption programs administered by the Snohomish County Assessor include disabled and senior citizen exemption program, as well as the Open Space Classification program. The office also maintains the parcel maps for Snohomish County, in addition to calculating the levy rates for all of the county taxing districts.

Real property in Snohomish County is considered to be property that includes structures, buildings and improvements to a piece of land. The value of the land is also included in the assessment. Personal property includes equipment and machinery, furniture, fixtures and other items that are movable and are owned and leased by a business. The personal effects that are not held for sale or commercial use are not taxable in Snohomish County.

The Snohomish County Assessor determines the values based upon the taxing district's budget and levies. The districts include the county, state and city governments, as well as school districts, hospital, and sewer and fire districts. The assessed value of the property is multiplied by the levy rate to determine each property owner's fair share.

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