Welcome to the office of the Assessor
During the 2021 legislative session, SHB 1438 approved additional deductions for common health care-related expenses. Newly deductible costs include, but are not limited to, the costs of Medicare supplemental insurance, durable medical equipment, mobility enhancing equipment, prosthetic devices, and naturopathic medicines. Further information may be found on the Assessor’s homepage.Allowed Deductions
Out of pocket expenses for:
- Legally prescribed drug costs.
- Home health care expenses.
- Nursing home, boarding home, assisted living or adult family home expenses.
- Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D insurance premiums.
Starting for the 2022 tax year and beyond, the following out of pocket expenses will be allowed as well:
- Medicare supplemental/Medigap insurance premiums.
- Long-term care insurance premiums.
- Cost-sharing amounts - i.e. amounts applied toward your health plan's "out-of-pocket maximum". (RCW 48.43.005(18)).
- Medicines of mineral, animal, and botanical origin prescribed, administered, dispensed, or used in the treatment of an individual by a naturopath licensed under Washington law.
- Durable medical equipment costs. Common examples may be Medical Beds, Bedpans, Glucose meters, etc. See WAC 458-20-18801 Table 1 for more examples.
- Mobility enhancing equipment costs. Common examples may be Canes, Walkers, Wheelchairs, etc. See WAC 458-20-18801 Table 3 for more examples.
- Prosthetic devices costs. Common examples may include Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, Dentures, etc. See WAC 458-20-18801 Table 5 for more examples.
- Medically prescribed oxygen
- Ostomy supplies
- Kidney dialysis devises
- Disposable devices used to deliver drugs for human use
- This bill adds a number of new medical costs that may be deducted when calculating "combined disposable income" for purposes of determining eligibility in the following property tax relief programs:
- Senior citizen and people with disabilities property tax exemption program.
- Senior citizen and people with disabilities property tax deferral program.
- Widows and widowers of veteran’s property tax grant program.
- Limited income property tax deferral program.
- Newly deductible costs include, but are not limited to, the costs of Medicare supplemental insurance, durable medical equipment, mobility enhancing equipment, prosthetic devices, and naturopathic medicine
For further information, please click on the link below:
2022/2023 Personal Property Returns (equipment listings) were mailed on January 26, 2022, and are due by Monday, May 2, 2022. Listings filed after the due date will incur a monthly penalty of 5 percent of the tax due, not to exceed 25 percent.
The Returns are for the 2022 assessment (equipment and ownership as of January 1, 2022) for taxes payable in 2023.
Personal Property Returns can be submitted by the following options:
- eFile - https://property.co.mason.wa.us/PersonalPropertyEfile
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org (excel format preferred)
- Mail - PO Box J, Shelton, WA 98584
- Drop Box (alley between Bldg. #1 & Bldg. #9)
If you have any questions, please contact (360) 427-9670 ext. 494, or email@example.com.
Appraisers are physically inspecting Area 6 of Mason County. This area includes Harstine Island, Pickering and Grapeview Loops, Emerald, Spencer and Phillips Lakes, Timberlake’s, Agate and Shorecrest, and a portion of Highway 3 to the Deer Creek area. A physical inspection, required by RCW 84.41.041 , routinely includes an outside observation of the property in order to verify any changes, which could include the addition of new improvements and reviewing for signs of depreciation outside of the normal age of the property.
- The assessor’s office also relies upon the property owner for information. Taxpayers are encouraged to help by providing up-to-date and accurate property information whenever possible.
- Current physical inspections are a part of the 2023 assessment process, which will be for property taxes payable in 2024
Under the Department of Revenue guidelines, we work under a strict timeline schedule as to when we need to have our physical inspections completed, therefore we do not have time to make individual appointments, nor does the taxpayer need to be home during inspections as these are exterior inspections only. The appraiser will try to make contact upon arrival by knocking on the door of an improved parcel. In addition, we also encourage taxpayers that do have contact with our appraisers to discuss any ongoing issues with their homes or property in general, as the last time we physically inspected this area was six years ago. Also note that all appraisers will be wearing orange vests with their Mason County badge, and will be driving white Ford Escapes with the Mason County Assessor official logo on the side.
The County Assessor, or any employee designated by the assessor, does have the right to access your property in order to make an inspection for valuation purposes, pursuant to RCW 84.40.025.
Contact us by phone:
- (360) 427-9670 Ext: 491
- 411 N 5th St, Shelton, WA 98584
- PO BOX J, Shelton, WA 98584
- 08/05/2022 - New - As of August 8th, 2022, the UNCERTIFIED 2023 assessed values are available online at our website and are subject to change. You will receive a corrected Notice of Value if your value is corrected due to new construction, destroyed property, manifest error, segregation or sales review. These are based upon property values as of January 1, 2022 and will be used when calculating property tax obligations payable in 2023. The Assessor is required by state law to appraise property at 100% of market value. Please call or come in with questions or concerns.
Mason County Assessor
This website is designed for residents and visitors seeking information about real estate as it relates to the property tax system in Mason County. Our primary responsibility to the taxpayers of Mason County is to establish fair and equitable value for all real and personal property.
The Assessor's Role
The Assessor is responsible for maintaining a list of all real and personal property parcels, including assessment of value and current ownership. As required by law, the Assessor prepares, possesses and updates a complete set of maps drawn from legal descriptions, to indicate all parcel configurations for land in the County. The Assessor sets current market values and calculates levies based on the taxing district’s budgets. This office also administers senior/disability property tax exemptions, and forest or agriculture programs. This office works to treat everyone fairly and promptly.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us:
Shelton (360) 427-9670 │ Belfair (360) 275-4467
411 N 5th Street │PO Box “J”
County Building 1, 2nd floor