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Posted on: January 5, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Appraisers visit every property in Pierce County to keep taxable values fair and equitable

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Once every six years, an appraiser from the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s office is required by State Law to inspect every parcel of real estate in the county. It’s no small job, because there are over 325,000 parcels and only 30 appraisers. Their goal is to confirm our records, note any changes in condition of buildings, views, etc. and take a current exterior photo. 

This year our residential appraisers are visiting every home in the far south and east portions of the county, including Roy, McKenna, Alder, Elbe, Ashford, Eatonville, Orting, Carbonado, Wilkeson, South Prairie and Buckley. If they have a question, they may knock on your door or leave a card requesting a call. 

Our commercial appraisers work in all parts of the county every year, visiting one-sixth of the business properties in each part of the county annually. During June, July and August, all residential and commercial appraisers will shift their focus to inspecting all new construction and additions to buildings throughout the county. 

Wherever they go, our appraisers are driving white cars with Pierce County markings and they are wearing identifiable clothing and official ID badges. They gather property information and take photos using digital tablets, and may use laser measuring devices to confirm building dimensions. Since their car is their “office,” you may see them parked in your neighborhood while making data entries. 

The information collected by our appraisers is used to assure that the value of every property is correct when we calculate each property owner’s fair share of taxes for schools, fire districts, cities, roads, parks, libraries and other government services. If you have a question or concern about our work, you will find lots of valuable information on this website, or you may call the Assessor-Treasurer’s office at 253-798-6111.

Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer

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