Where DC property assessments may go up the most — and where they’d go down

A for-sale sign advertising a row house on Constitution Avenue Northeast. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

New property assessments have been sent to homeowners in the District, and the proposed average increase is modest, though it varies significantly from neighborhood to neighborhood.

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue’s assessment notices for tax year 2021 propose an average residential property assessment increase of 3.46%. The proposed assessment increase for commercial properties is 3.92%.

But some of the biggest increases are in Wards 7 and 8 east of the Anacostia. The largest is a 6.71% increase in the Lily Ponds neighborhood, in Ward 7 on the District-Maryland line, followed by a 6.24% increase in the Randle Heights neighborhood, in Ward 8.

Some of the smallest proposed increases in assessments are in some of the District’s more expensive neighborhoods, with an increase of just 1.54% in Foxhall in Northwest, and a 1.2% decrease in Foggy Bottom.

Here is a map of proposed District property assessment increases by neighborhood.

The map reflects D.C.’s assessment neighborhood areas, and not necessarily boundaries more frequently associated with those neighborhoods.

New property assessments in the District will be used to set property tax rates that take effect in March 2021.

D.C.’s total residential properties are assessed at a combined value of $87.2 billion for 2021, an increase of $2.9 billion.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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