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Dear Chelan County Taxpayers,

I’m not entirely sure how to write this annual letter to you.  2020 was the strangest and most difficult year in so many respects.  Our focus in the Assessor’s office is on annual assessments, so my comments will be strictly limited to the impacts we are seeing from 2020 on our real estate market.

I’m sure it has not escaped anybody that our real estate market is seeing unprecedented increases in value.  More and more of the sales we are seeing include multiple offers and are selling for above asking price.  One would think that the surprise would wear off after a full year of this, but I’m still constantly amazed by the sales coming through.

I have been following the west side real estate market closely as we typically mirror their activity, but lag behind by 12-18 months.  I expect (barring anything unforeseen in the lending arena) our values to continue to climb for the next year.  Hopefully the values will stabilize but there are so many moving parts and uncertainties.

The COVID-19 shut down has done more than impact just our retail and service industries, it has enabled large companies and corporations to allow, and encourage, their employees to work remotely, and have found it cost effective.  What this means is that these same employees that were once restricted to living within commuting distance can now live wherever they want, and what better place to live than Chelan County?  I suspect that, in part, is driving our value increases as the property listing numbers are down, but demand remains high.

2021 legislative session is also turning out to be a stage for legislators to offer all kinds of tax relief to property owners.  Please remember – if there is proposed legislation for an “exemption”, that just means that whoever is not getting the new exemption, is paying MORE!  The same amount of money is collected, it’s how that tax burden is distributed.

Exemption = Tax Shift

It is too early in the session to see which bills will stick and what that means for property owners.  Once I have more answers, I will send a guest editorial to the newspapers explaining the impacts.  Information is knowledge, and I want you all to know everything we do about the property tax implications of the state legislative actions.

I do not have a crystal ball, and can’t even begin to guess when our market will stabilize.  With the dynamic change in worker housing requirements on the west side, I struggle with the historic “mirror” affect we have had of the west side.  Will it still be a good indicator of what we can expect in the coming months?  I just don’t know.

We were unable to hold any Community Meetings in 2020, and it is likely that 2021 informational meetings will not occur either, as (at the time of this letter) Chelan County is barely in Phase 2 of the COVID Recovery Plan.  The Courthouse is still not open to the public, which makes it increasingly difficult to serve our taxpayers.  Continuing to provide great customer service to our residents is posing a challenge with the current limitations.  I am hopeful that 2021 will see some improvements on this front as we (the Chelan County Courthouse) moves towards reopening to the public.

Please feel free to call our office if you have questions or concerns.  Our staff is not working remotely.  Our appraisers are in the field doing their revaluation inspections, with proper PPE, and our office staff are all here 8-5 M-F to serve you.

We hope you are staying healthy and look forward to being able to open our offices again soon.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (509) 667-6367 or


Deanna Walter, Chelan County Assessor

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What We Do

The Assessor’s office is responsible for determining the value of all taxable real and personal property in the county on a fair and equitable basis, along with maintaining accurate and accessible property information, providing timely and accurate assessments for tax purposes, and a detailed parcel map showing all parcels within the County. Chelan County is now annually updating all properties according to market sales, and continues to do physical inspections of every property on a 4-year cycle. Washington State law requires property to be assessed at 100% of fair market value.

Your property taxes fund state and county services, including roads, transit, schools, libraries, parks, hospitals, fire and rescue, law enforcement, environmental and social services.  Information such as parcel numbers, ownership, tax code areas, and assessed valuations for all property within the county can be obtained on-line through the property search of the Assessor's web site, or by calling the assessor's office during business hours.

Posted: 12/12/2014 01:06 PM
Last Updated: 02/24/2021 03:47 PM

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