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Common questions

1. How many councilors are there?

2. Are the councilors elected by district or at large?

3. What areas do the individual councilors represent?

4. How do you schedule contact with the board?

5. Where should correspondence to the board be sent?

6. Which of the councilors' meetings are open to the public?

7. How and when does the board set the county's budget and tax structure?

8. Whom do people contact with questions about property assessments?


1. How many councilors are there?

Three until Jan. 1, 2016, when there will be five.

2. Are councilors elected by district or at-large?

The current councilors ran by district in a primary election and were elected at-large in a general election. In November 2015, voters will choose a fourth councilor by district and a council chair at large.

3. What areas do the individual councilors represent?

The three councilors each represents a geographic area of the county. Tom Mielke represents north Clark County, including Salmon Creek, Hazel Dell and the cities of Ridgefield, Battle Ground, La Center, Yacolt and Amboy. David Madore represents the portion of the county east of Interstate 205, north of the Columbia River and southeast of Battle Ground. Jeanne E. Stewart's district is mostly within the city of Vancouver but fans out east to Interstate 205 and north to Salmon Creek and Hazel Dell. A fourth district will be added.

4. How do you schedule contact with the board?

Call the board's office at 397-2232.

5. Where should correspondence to the board be sent?

Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, Wash. 98666-5000.

6. Which of the councilors' meetings are open to the public?

Unless it is an executive session, under the law, all meetings are open to the public. Please call 397-2232 for meeting schedules.

7. How and when does the board set the county's budget and tax structure?

The county budget process is a year-long process involving community input and numerous open meetings and workshops. It finalizes with budget adoption in December. For more information about the budget, please call the Office of the Budget at 397-6097. The councilors do have some limited options regarding taxes. They can set county taxing levels within guidelines established by the state. Property tax options require a vote of the public.

8. Whom do people contact with questions about property assessments?

Contact the Assessor's Office at 397-2391. You can appeal your assessments to the Board of Equalization at 397-2337.

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Board of County Councilors
Acting County Manager: Mark McCauley
Street Address: 1300 Franklin, 6th Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2232 | FAX: (360) 397-6058
Email: boardcom@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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