Taxes and Fees
An individual residential property owner would pay lower total taxes in Bellevue than in unincorporated King County. For annexation, this means three amounts are affected: property tax, storm water service charges and utility tax.
For the property tax, property owners in the potential annexation areas would pay a city levy rate that is lower than the combined two levies (fire district and road district) they pay now.
For storm and surface water service charges, the city rate is based on property size and the amount of impervious surface on that property. In unincorporated King County, property owners pay a fixed rate included in their property taxes.
Regarding the utility tax, cities (including Bellevue) levy a tax on utility providers including electricity, natural gas, telephone and cell phone, cable TV, garbage, water, sewer and storm water. The tax is passed on to the customer by the provider, included in the provider's bills. Counties cannot levy this tax.
- The owner of an average assessed valuation property in Eastgate ($382,800 AV) in Bellevue Schools and currently served by Fire District 14 would annually pay an estimated $467 less in taxes and fees ($978 less property tax, $189 more storm water fees and $322 more utility taxes).
- The owner of an average assessed valuation property in Hilltop ($750,535 AV) in Bellevue Schools and currently served by Fire District 14 would annually pay an estimated $1,228 less in taxes and fees ($1,918 less property tax, $368 more storm water fees and $322 more utility taxes).