The Assessor's Office annually sets the value of all real and personal property within the county. These values are used to compute property tax rates for the county, its cities and school, library, fire and other special districts.
Mission Statement: It is our goal to identify and equitably appraise property in conformance with state laws using accepted mass appraisal principles and to create and maintain accurate maps used to provide geographic data analysis; to efficiently provide the public and our co-workers with high quality products and services, created in a supportive, healthy work environment, encouraging cooperation, honesty, integrity and respect.
This article offers information about the appraisal date, levy rate computation and notices of a change in value. It was originally printed by The Columbian in the October 2009 edition of Home Book.
Property Tax Explanation (PDF - 409kb)
About one-fourth of Clark County’s entire budget comes from property taxes, which are used for roads, parks, fire and police protection and other important services. Property taxes in Washington were first established by the territorial government in 1853.
In an effort to respond to questions about how the 1 percent limit on property taxes affects individual property taxes, the Department of Revenue has published "How the 1 Percent Property Tax Limit Works" in question and answer format.
Managing the department to fulfill its mission by achieving established goals and objectives.
Instructions and links for accessing a variety of assessment data and maps.
Processes for establishing assessed values for property tax purposes.
Programs for relieving or reducing property tax obligations.
Information on population, housing, employment, income, and other statistics.
Maintaining parcel maps, ownership listings, and acreage information per documents of record.
Calculating tax rates for multiple, overlapping jurisdictions.
Computer-generated maps and analysis through Storefront, Maps-on-Line, and Self-Service.
Access to a variety of reports compiled annually including levy rate information and distribution.
Valuation Appeal Forms
Information about property value appeals in Washington.
Step-by-step assistance for reviewing sales information.
Name, ownership and address change forms, applications for tax relief programs and other forms are available in print-only versions.