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Welcome to the Clark County Assessor's Office
Each year, the Assessor's Office identifies and determines the value of all taxable real and personal property in the county. These values are used to calculate and set levy rates for the various taxing districts (cities, schools, etc.) in the county and to equitably assign tax responsibilities among taxpayers.
We hope you find the information here helpful as you learn more about the Assessor, our office and the work we do in Clark County.
Property Tax Relief increased for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons and 100% Disabled Veterans
In June 2015, the Legislature passed SB5186 which increases the household combined disposable income thresholds by $5,000 for each section of this program. With this change, senior citizens, disabled persons and 100% disabled veterans with an income of $40,000 or less may be able to apply for and receive a reduction in their property taxes. The new income thresholds are effective on January 1, 2016 and apply to the 2016 property taxes.
If your income is between $35,001 and $40,000, and you were previously denied because your income exceeded the program limitations, you may re-apply for the program starting January 1, 2016.
For questions regarding how to apply for this program, please contact our office at (360) 397-2391.
NOTE: If you are a current program participant and qualifying under one of the three levels of exemption, it is not necessary for you to do anything. As part of our annual certification of the Assessment Roll, our staff identified those participants impacted by the change in the law and moved all participants to the correct new exemption level. Program participants were mailed a Change of Value Notice in September reflecting the change to their exemption level. This allows the Treasurer to reflect the changes to the program on your 2016 tax statement, which you will receive next February.
Property Valuations in Clark County
To help you understand what we do in the Assessor's Office and how that impacts your property valuation, we created a short video that follows some of our appraisers as they perform their jobs.
The 1% Property Tax Limits
Frequently, our citizens ask, "I thought my property taxes could only increase 1%?" The 1% limit is often discussed in the media but not often explained. The 1% increase limit applies to the amount of property tax collected by tax districts. The 1% increase limit does not apply to individual property tax payers.
If a tax district was able to collect $100 in property taxes last year, the amount they may collect this year will increase to $101 plus an allowance for new construction. Typically, increases in your overall tax bill are driven by two factors: 1) voter-approved levies which are not subject to the 1% increase limit, and 2) an increase in your assessed value if the increase is larger than the typical increase in value.
Your property tax increase cannot be appealed. You may, however, appeal the assessed value established on your property within 60 days of the date on your Notice of Value if you believe the assessed value is greater than the market value of your property.