Table 15

REAL ESTATE EXCISE TAX STATISTICS

State Tax Collections by County - Fiscal Year 1997

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            Number of      Amount of       Estimated Value of Sales ($000)
Counties  Taxable Sales   State Tax*       FY 1996      FY 1997   % Change
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Adams          861        $  402,249      $  35,986    $  31,426    (12.7)%
Asotin       1,065           511,181	       44,293       39,936     (9.8)
Benton       5,740         4,211,263  	      341,841      329,005     (3.8)
Chelan       3,794         2,821,566	      231,674      220,435     (4.9)
Clallam      3,672         2,251,728	      195,305      175,916     (9.9)
Clark       16,150        21,416,312  	    1,401,251    1,673,149    (19.4)
Columbia       323           101,756	        7,986        7,950     (0.5)
Cowlitz      4,642         3,438,584	      222,889      268,639    (20.5)
Douglas      1,548           956,942	       87,127       74,761    (14.2)
Ferry          711           181,732	       15,876       14,198    (10.6)
Franklin     1,956         1,380,627	      107,230      107,861     (0.6)
Garfield       170            56,155	        6,684        4,387    (34.4)
Grant        4,311         2,563,812	      168,963      200,298    (18.5)
Grays Harbor 4,553         2,201,796	      199,691      172,015    (13.9)
Island       4,560         3,613,242	      276,449      282,285     (2.1)
Jefferson    2,441         1,669,073	      124,178      130,396     (5.0)
King        59,281       126,091,548	    8,341,054    9,850,902    (18.1)
Kitsap       9,809         9,111,930	      724,853      711,870     (1.8)
Kittitas     1,811         1,412,821	       94,849      110,377    (16.4)
Klickitat    1,638           747,929	       51,710       58,432    (13.0)
Lewis        3,800         2,319,104	      172,949      181,180     (4.8)
Lincoln        971           369,863	       26,483       28,896     (9.1)
Mason        4,125         1,973,630	      147,561      154,190     (4.5)
Okanogan     2,812         1,307,525	      112,561      102,150     (9.2)
Pacific      2,072           978,109	       82,608       76,415     (7.5)
Pend Oreille 1,019         1,378,622	       38,540      107,705   (179.5)
Pierce      23,375        27,736,211	    2,056,770    2,166,891     (5.4)
San Juan     1,790         2,035,219	      125,666      159,001    (26.5)
Skagit       4,774         4,242,771	      342,773      331,466     (3.3)
Skamania       684           822,844	       28,844       64,285   (122.9)
Snohomish   23,760        37,628,500	    2,457,276    2,939,727    (19.6)
Spokane     17,069        14,270,800	    1,159,385    1,114,906     (3.8)
Stevens      3,068         1,916,164	      105,483      149,700    (41.9)
Thurston     8,541         8,413,588	      676,233      657,312     (2.8)
Wahkiakum      235           131,996	       29,780       10,312    (65.4)
Walla Walla  2,029         1,602,684	      112,713      125,210    (11.1)
Whatcom      8,600         7,873,139	      620,673      615,089     (0.9)
Whitman      1,647         1,039,159	       73,570       81,184    (10.3)
Yakima       7,464         5,224,955	      423,379      408,200     (3.6)
TOTAL	     246,871	     $306,407,129	  $21,473,133  $23,938,057     11.5%
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*Includes 1.0% retained by counties for collection costs but excludes locally levied real estate excise taxes.