Property taxes are a major source of revenue to local governments. Billed by
the county treasurer, these taxes are distributed upon collection to the
various school, county, city and district funds.
The county treasurer also bills and collects special assessments
authorized by the voters to fund improvements or to provide a specific
service to property owners within a localized district.
In addition, the county treasurer acts as agent for the Washington State
Department of Revenue to administer and collect the real estate excise tax
on the conveyance of real property. These taxes, which help fund the state
public school system and local government capital improvements, are paid as a percentage of the sale price.