Tax refunds for wildfire-damaged homes in Okanogan

Tax refunds for wildfire-damaged homes in Okanogan
A couple walks near a burned out home in Pateros Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Mike Bonnicksen)

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) - A few hundred people who lost their homes or other buildings in wildfires in north central Washington are getting property tax refunds.
   
Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormack says the county has sent out over $10,000 in tax refunds for lost structures and reduced property values because of the wildfires. It is unclear how much more money the county will be refunding.
   
The county is readjusting property taxes for people who suffered losses in the state's largest fire, known as the Carlton Complex.
   
That blaze about five miles southwest of Okanogan has destroyed about 400 square miles. It was about 95 percent contained as of Sunday. More than
   
The Wenatchee World reports that the tax refunds will affect schools districts, hospitals, fire districts and other taxing districts.