In response to economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grays Harbor County Treasurer Ken Albert has announced an extension to the property tax deadline for residential and commercial taxpayers to June 1, 2020.
In a release, he states that Grays Harbor County will waive the interest and penalty on unpaid property taxes for 31 days and will only assess interest and penalties on any unpaid first half 2020 real and personal property taxes after June 1st 2020 verified by postmark.
Albert encourages property owners who are financially able to pay first half or full year property taxes early, to fund essential services needed now and in the months to come.
Property tax payments that occur twice-yearly fund state and local governments and Albert states that property taxes are the primary source of cash flow for our local governments, adding that without cash flow from property taxes, some districts might be unable to meet their expense or debt obligations, which would also impact bond ratings.
The extension waiver shall not apply to prior year delinquent taxes or intermediaries, including mortgage loan servicing companies.
If taxpayers anticipate being unable to pay their payment by June 1st, please contact their office after May 15th at [email protected] or (360) 249-3751 when they may have a return to normal staffing in the office.
The Treasurer’s office is closed to the public until further notice, although taxpayers may continue to business through the website, email, mail or phone calls.