9 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday
except legal holidays
1300 Franklin Street
Vancouver WA 98660
About the Treasurer's Office
The County Treasurer plays a major role in local Government by providing tax and revenue collection, banking services, cash and debt management, investment, financial reporting, and more.
Every county in Washington State has an elected Treasurer, except for King County who offers the Treasurer as an appointed position. The Washington State Constitution provides for a County Treasurer to be elected by the qualified voters of each county. In Clark County an elected Treasurer serves a term for four years and any person who is a qualified voter in the county may serve as County Treasurer.
The Treasurer assures the safekeeping of public funds as required by law by selecting a primary depository bank, maintaining records of all the deposits and withdrawals, and reconciles all bank statements. The County Finance Committee, comprised of the County Treasurer, County Auditor and County Council Chair, oversees the investment of public funds. The Treasurer may invest funds not immediately required in legally authorized investments such as certificates of deposit, repurchase agreements, bankers acceptances, treasury bills, notes, bonds, commercial paper, and federal agency securities.
The Treasurer's Office has three different departments:
- Tax Service / Customer Service
- Financial Services
The Tax Services Department is the customer service portion of the Treasurer's Office and is divided into two sections: Customer Service and Data Management.
Customer Service: The Customer Service team 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. Their general duties are:
- 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.
Data Management: The Data Management Team acts as the support for Customer Service when tax activity volume is high or when additional coverage is needed, as well as maintaining the data needed to complete more complex tasks within the Customer Service processes. Their general duties are:
- Ensuring the integrity of each database maintained within the County that affects data utilized and reported by the Treasurer.
- Effective development and management of all database resources that support the operation of the Treasurer's Office.
- Coordination of all database requirements with affected County departments and junior taxing districts to assure data base integrity.
- Accurate and timely dissemination and management of all receivables.
- Assure tax and assessment statements are presented in an easily readable and accurate fashion.
- Importing electronic payments in large batches from financial institutions.
The Finance Department of the Treasurer's Office manages the cash and cash equivalent assets of the County. These include bank accounts, investments, debt and trust accounts. The Treasurer's Office manages these funds for the County, school, fire, port, cemetery and library districts, as well as various government agencies. Their key duties include:
- Managing the investment of the County's Portfolio of over $505.3 million dollars.
- Managing debt of over $649.7 million dollars.
- Providing cash report for approximately 400 funds.
- Providing appropriate liquidity for all funds.
- Providing accounting support for the Customer Service and Data Management departments.
The Administration of the Treasurer's Office coordinates and manages treasury functions while acting in supporting roles such as Office Management, Administrative Assistance, and more.
Alishia Topper, County Treasurer:
Ms. Topper was elected Clark County Treasurer in November 2018 and took her oath of office on December 31, 2018. Before being elected Treasurer, Topper worked as the Tax Service Manager for the Clark County Treasurer’s Office and was responsible for the billing and collection of $792 million in taxes and assessments. In addition to her treasury work, Topper was elected to two terms as a Vancouver City Councilmember and resigned her position to serve as Treasurer. Ms. Topper was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee and now serves as a commissioner of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Topper also served as Board Chair of Columbia Credit Union, governing over $1.4 billion in assets. Topper holds a master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University and two undergraduate degrees from Washington State University.
Sara Lowe, Deputy Treasurer:
Ms. Lowe has been the Deputy Treasurer since December 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Western Washington University. Lowe was a senior budget policy analyst in the Clark County budget office. Previously, she was the principal financial analyst for the city of Portland’s central budget office. In that capacity she oversaw finances of multiple divisions with a combined annual budget of more than $450 million. Before working for the City of Portland, Lowe served as central budget office operations manager and Information Technology budget manager at the Washington State Employment Security Department.