I am amazed. I have received my 2020 real estate value change notice and found that the value of the 99-year-old house and land where I live has increased by 45.2 percent over 2019’s evaluations. Living in the western hinterland of Lewis County makes it hard for me to believe that Lewis county rivals the states of California and New York for raising real estate values. Since the 2019 physical inspections were made in Adna, Boistfort, Evaline, Napavine and Pe Ell School Districts, I can only conclude that many more than just I have been amazed this past week. Since the current physical inspections only covered one-sixth of the county, I can only surmise that the more populated areas of the county to be inspected over the next five years will also join the amazed group.
I want to congratulate the assessor for taking a first bold step in eliminating Lewis County’s current budget problems.