Clark County Washington
Home Find It! A-Z Index Departments & Programs Jobs Contact Us
Community Services > Community Action > About House Bill 2060

About House Bill 2060

Document recording surcharge fee for low-income housing (House Bill 2060)


House Bill 2060, effective June 13, 2002, enacted a surcharge of $10 per instrument recorded in each county for affordable housing benefiting persons at 50% or less of the median family income (very-low income people). Please refer to the current HUD income limits for Clark County.

During the first year, (June 2002 - July 2003) Clark County collected $771,400. The County Auditor's office can keep up to 5% of the money to administer the collection of funds. Of the remaining funds, 60% stay in Clark County for low-income housing and 40% is transmitted to the state for use by the Washington State Dept. of Community, Trade, and Economic Development for affordable housing.

The Bill states eligible activities as:

Acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing projects or units within housing projects that are affordable to very low-income persons;
Supporting building operation and maintenance costs of housing projects or units within housing projects built with housing trust funds, that are affordable to very low-income persons, and that require a supplement to rent income to cover ongoing operating expenses;
Rental assistance vouchers for housing projects or units within housing projects that are affordable to very low-income persons; and
Operating costs for emergency shelters and licensed overnight youth shelters.

Local process

The CDBG and HOME Program hosted two community meetings to solicit recommendations for the use of the local funding. The first meeting was an idea gathering session. The second meeting was a consensus building session. The group developed the following community recommendations regarding the use of the funds:

Capital funds for transitional and permanent housing;
Operating funds for shelters, transitional and permanent housing; 
Funding for the creation of a local housing bond.
The Clark Housing Review Board will be the oversight body for the funding.
On April 2nd, 2003, the Board of Commissioners held a work session and approved the communities recommendations.

An interlocal agreement between the County and the cities within the county has been executed for allocation of HB 2060 funds consistent with local housing needs.

top of page

Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

Clark County Home | Find It! | A-Z Index | News Releases | Jobs | Contact Us

For questions or comments regarding the Clark County Web site:

© 2008 Clark County Washington | Disclaimer and legal notice | Health Information Privacy Notice