My .02, from living here for decades (?) but not *from* here:
We bought our house (about an hour north of Seattle) in 2002. Of course, the market tanked in 2008, and it just now has recovered to it's sale price 13 years ago (according to the County Tax Assessor). IMHO, our taxes are atrocious, but I have nothing to compare them to. The crime rate has also skyrocketed in that same time frame. My advice would be to look up houses where your're looking at buying on the county's website to see how much the taxes went up (Snohomish County has them listed for 5 or 6 years), and to also look up the crime incident history.
I avoid Seattle at all costs, and fly out of Bellingham instead of Seatac. The traffic all the way up to Everett is horrid, unless you work weird hours, and the new I-405 tolling is a joke.
So, in a nutshell, I would move *away* if I could. About the only good thing is that we live in an emission-exempt area. :-/
1966 Restomod/track car, 1973 Q-code Mach 1, 1997 F250 diesel, 2005 retired OSP Crown Vic, 2015 Focus ST-2