Candidates talk about the issues, vie for newspaper endorsement

September 30, 2015

NEW — 3:16 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Candidates for the only contested Newcastle City Council race separately convened in Issaquah Sept. 25, where they met with The Issaquah Press newspaper group General Manager Charles Horton and Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill.

Newcastle News is one of four newspapers in that group.

Victoria Sandoval

Victoria Sandoval

Linda Newing

Linda Newing

Horton and Merrill quizzed Victoria Sandoval and Linda Newing on everything from traffic to city finances, as the two made their cases for a Newcastle News endorsement. Newcastle News previously asked the candidates a series of questions here and profiled them here in the lead-up to the election. Read more

Property values mailed to area residents

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4:17 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

The office of King County Assessor Lloyd Hara mailed the 2015 property valuation notices for Area 64 — Newcastle.

Residential properties increased 12 percent in Area 64; however, individual property values may vary.

The Assessor’s Office sets property valuations. It does not set taxes and there is not a dollar-to-dollar correlation between property value increase and future property taxes. King County taxpayers who need advice and assistance with property tax-related matters, including appeals, should call 206-477-1060 or email taxadvisor@kingcounty.govRead more

Newcastle property values increase

July 31, 2014

Newcastle’s residential property values increased in 2014, according to the King County Assessor’s Office.

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara mailed 2014 property valuations to all Newcastle property owners in early July. The values generally increased by 15.4 percent, he said, but individual property values might vary.

Residential property is assessed each year at 100 percent of its true and fair market value, defined by state law as the amount of money a willing and unobligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and unobligated seller. Residential values are determined based on multiple sales of similar properties.

The King County Assessor’s Office annually revalues all properties and conducts a physical inspection on each property once every six years. The last physical inspection of the Newcastle area was in 2009. Read more