This week, the Mason County Commission adopted a budget for next year that is nearly 17 percent lower than 2017. The budget for 2018 totals over $96.5 Million with $36.9 Million in the General Fund and $59.6 Million in Special Funds. The reductions in the General Fund budget next year have resulted in lay-offs and reduced hours for the staff in the offices of the Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer along with impacts to the services those offices provide. The County’s Community Services Department is also changing hours open to the public.
In a news release, the Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer say they will have new office hours beginning January 2, 2018. Those hours will be 9 AM to 4 PM. In addition, the Mason County Assessor’s Office will be closed to the public on Fridays beginning January 5, 2018.
The news release says staff volunteered to take shorter lunch periods which allows the three offices to stay open during lunch time but there will be longer wait times as less staff will be available at the front counter, to answer phones and respond to emails.
The Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer say the decision to reduce service hours to the public was not made easily and priorities have been set for each office as mandated by State Statute.
For general property tax and assessment information, please access Tax Sifter on the Mason County Website at: http://property.co.mason.wa.us/Taxsifter/Search/Results.aspx
The Community Services Department’s hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 8 AM to 12 PM Friday.