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Posted on: November 22, 2021

PUBLIC HEARING: 2022 Ad Valorem Tax Levy



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing is scheduled by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners for MONDAY, December 6, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Chambers, County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (NOTE: No In-Person Attendance Allowed (Per Jefferson County RESOLUTION No. 45-21)), and said notice of said hearing be published in the official newspaper of Jefferson County, and that at said hearing any interested person may appear virtually and be heard for or against the resolutions. To view documents, go to 

To participate/provide testimony, you will need to join the meeting by 11:15 a.m. To participate via Zoom, click on  To participate/provide testimony via telephone dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter access code: 937-7784-1705# by 11:15 a.m. To view this meeting live with no participation, go to Follow the links under “Quick Links: Videos of Meetings: Today.” Access for the hearing impaired and others can be accommodated using Washington Relay Service at 1-800-833-6384.


The public hearing is to consider the following: Proposed Resolutions setting the 2022 Ad Valorem Tax Levies for Jefferson County based on 2021 assessments for collection in 2022. Proposed Resolutions finding a substantial need to increase the property tax limit factor above the rate of inflation and adopt a limit factor of 101 percent for the 2022 tax year. This public hearing was originally held on November 15, 2021 but was disrupted by a power outage. Public testimony taken on November 15, 2021 will be included as part of the new hearing scheduled for November 22, 2021.


Proposed Tax Increase for 2021: (Pursuant to Chapter 84.55.120 RCW)

The Board of County Commissioners has proposed increases of up to one percent (1%) in the County General Fund Tax Levy, the County Road District Tax Levy and the County Conservation Futures Tax Levy plus increases for all levies resulting from new construction, improvement to property, any increase in the assessed value of state-assessed property, and any refunds from the previous year.


Proposed Diversion of Road Levy for Traffic Law Enforcement for 2022:

The Board of County Commissioners is also considering a Resolution to continue a past practice of diverting $670,000 of the Road Levy for Traffic Law Enforcement within the General Fund.


In addition, written testimony is also invited beginning on November 24, 2021 and ending on December 6, 2021 at the end of the Public Hearing, unless extended by the Board of County Commissioners. Written public testimony may be submitted by Email to:; or by Mail to: Jefferson County Commissioners’ Office; PO Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Testimony must be received by the Board of County Commissioners by the end of the hearing public comment period. 


Approved and signed this 22nd day of November, 2021.





Kate Dean, Chair