The Treasurer's office collects all property tax and real estate excise tax in Clark County. The Tax Service Department of the Treasurer's Office provides customer service in the following areas:
- Collection and receipting of all tax, assessment and general receipt deposits
- Refunding of overpayments
- Providing information on tax and assessments on property owner accounts
- Property Tax Inquiry Information
The Tax Service Department is divided into two sections: Customer Service and Data Management. The Customer Service section acts as the liaison between the County Treasurer and the taxpayer, other county departments, and junior taxing districts. The Customer Service section is committed to ensuring that mutual respect is demonstrated to all the aforementioned groups, through providing quality customer service by:
- Accurate and timely receipting of all tax, assessment and general receipt deposits.
- Accurate and timely posting of all tax, assessment and general receipts.
- Accurate and timely refunding of all tax and assessment overpayments to the appropriate party(ies).
- Accurate and timely dissemination of tax and assessment information on property owner accounts.
- Friendly, courteous and clear communication with all customers, including providing customer survey forms regarding service.
- The Data Management section is committed to ensuring the integrity of each data base maintained within the County which affects data utilized and reported by the Treasurer.
- Effective development and management of all data base resources that support the operation of the Treasurer's Office.
- Coordination of all data base requirements with affected County departments and junior taxing districts to assure data base integrity.
- Accurate timely dissemination and management of all receivables.
- Assure tax and assessment statements are presented in an easily readable and accurate fashion
The Tax Service Department collects property taxes (RCW 84.56) and real estate excise tax (RCW 82.45 and 82.46) as well as the following assessments:
Clean Water Program
Clark County's Clean Water Program, which went into effect on January 1, 2000, is allowing Clark County to carry out additional work to control and clean our stormwater. In combination with the county's previous efforts, it means that we can take important steps forward in meeting state and federal standards for clean water. The additional stormwater management activities are funded by Clean Water service fees.
Managing our stormwater keeps pollutants out of our surface water — wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. It also keeps them from seeping into our groundwater, which is the main source of drinking water for Clark County.
The following are short clip that will help describe the clean water program.
a) Clean Water Program (5 minutes and 58 seconds, Windows Media player)
b) Storm Water Facilities (5 minutes and 53 seconds, Windows Media player)
County Road Improvement Districts Assessments (CRIDs) - The County creates CRIDs for the acquisition of rights of way and improvements of county roads, existing private roads that will become county roads as a result of the improvement of the road, and with the approval of the state department of transportation, construction or improvement of:
- necessary drainage facilities,
- retaining walls
- moving sidewalks
- and for the draining and filling of drainage potholes or swamps.
The County has the power to levy and collect special assessments against real property specifically benefiting from the improvement for the purpose of paying for the above improvements. Reference Source: See RCW 36.88 for general legal description.
Diking District Assessments
The County Treasurer collects assessments on behalf of diking districts formed to repair or improve diking structures.
Drainage District Assessments
These are assessments collected for the special drainage projects which allows districts to be formed to charge assessments to pay for specific projects.
Forest Fire Protection Assessment
The County Treasurer collects Forest Fire Protection Assessments on behalf of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This assessment is for fire protection services by DNR.
Lighting Assessments (RID)
The County Treasurer collects lighting assessments for street lighting provided by the Clark Public Utilities.
Water Utility Assessments
The County Treasurer collects assessments for four water utility districts on behalf of Clark Public Utilities. If your street light is not working, call the Clark Public Utilities at (360) 992-8000 or if your in the city, the city utility department at (360) 696-8151 or visit the City of Vancouver website (Operations - Traffic Maintenance).