Pierce County property tax bills missing return address info

Pierce County property tax statements that were mailed last week are missing the county’s return address on the payment stubs, officials at the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office announced Tuesday.

The envelopes provided with the property tax statements are imprinted with a bar code that directs envelopes to the correct address, said Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan. However, Lonergan recommends taking the extra step of writing in the following address above the small window on the envelope: P.O. Box 11621, Tacoma, WA 98411-6621. The correct mailing address can also be found on the back of the payment stub under ‘Payment Options By Mail.’

“We apologize for any confusion this may have caused,” said Lonergan. “This was a printing error by a vendor, and we are checking our processes to make sure this does not happen again.”

Taxpayers who have questions can call the Assessor-Treasurer’s customer service line at (253) 798-6111.

The annual tax statements were mailed on Feb. 15 to 184,000 residents and business owners. The remainder of tax bills go to mortgage holders, so those property owners can look online at piercecountywa.org/atr (click on “Parcel and Sales Search”) to see the taxes due for 2013. There are a total of 330,000 taxable parcels in Pierce County. The first-half payment of property taxes is due by April 30, with the second half to be paid by October 31, 2013.