County assessors are required to annually determine the full (100%) market value of all taxable property in the county and to notify property owners of any changes from the previous year. Notices mailed this year show a property’s market value on January 1. This value will be used to calculate next year's property taxes.
The Assessor's Office is responsible for determining the value of all taxable real and personal property and notifying taxpayers of those values. The questions in this section are some of the questions our office most frequently receives regarding property values and the notices of value statements.
Why are notices of value mailed to property owners?
What if there was no change in my value?
This year, all property owners received a notice of value, even if there was no change in their value.
What is my appeal period?
Your appeal period is 60 days from the date the notice was mailed. Next year's property tax bill, which is based on that January 1st value, will be mailed in mid-February of next year.
I couldn’t sell my property today for the value you set. What’s the deal?
All property values in the state are established on the same date each year: January 1st. The values listed on the notices were established as of January 1st. They are based on sales of similar properties during the last year. Market values have changed since that time. The price you can sell your property for today may be higher or lower than your assessed value on January 1st.
How do I know I’m paying only my fair share?
The “snapshot” of values taken on January 1st determines the portion of the tax bill each property owner will pay. Since all properties in the county are assessed on the same date, the share of taxes to be paid remains the same until all properties are valued again next January 1st.
Are there limits on how much a property’s assessed value can change?
No. There are no limits on increases or decreases in assessed property values. This value is based on the requirement that assessed values be established at 100% of market value on January 1st. While assessed values remain the same until the next year, market values continue to fluctuate throughout the year.
If property values have no limit, what protects property owners from limitless taxes?
Your taxes are calculated based on the budgets submitted by jurisdictions that provide you services. These budgets are prepared independently from property values and are limited to a 1% increase from one year to the next. This limit does not apply to taxes from voter-approved bonds and special levies. Property values determine the share of these budgets that individual property owners will pay.
Is there a place where I can look up sales of residential property similar to mine?
Sales information is available from our website on the Residential Property Sales Information page.
Are there programs that can lower my property value and taxes?
There are special programs that can reduce the taxable value of property for qualifying seniors, disabled persons, and lands in farm and forest production. Additional information about these programs can be found on the county web site.
If I don’t qualify for an exemption, are there other programs that can help me with my taxes?
There is a property tax deferral program that is available to qualifying seniors and disabled persons whose household income is $40,000 or less. More information can be found here.
There is a property tax deferral program for all homeowners with a household income of $57,000 or less. More information can be found here.
Where do I go if I disagree with the value you assigned to my property?
Property owners are encouraged to talk with a county appraiser to verify that our assessment records are accurate. Errors may be corrected without a hearing. You may appeal the value we have placed on your property to the Clark County Board of Equalization. Information about the appeals process and appeal forms are available on the BOE web site, by visiting their office in Vancouver at 1300 Franklin Street, Suite 650, or by calling their office at 360.397.2337.
Where can I get additional information?
- You can visit our web site.
- You can visit our offices on the second floor of Clark County’s Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver.
- You can call us at 564.397.2391.
- You can read the Department of Revenue publication "Homeowner's Guide to Property Tax."
- Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick is available to speak at neighborhood meetings and to business groups.