Clark County Assessor's Office mails property value notices early

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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The Clark County Assessor's Office mailed property value notices this week, three months earlier than when the notices were mailed last year.

Property owners have 60 days from the date on their notices to appeal the value to the Board of Equalization.

Getting the notices out earlier will give people more time to have the appeals resolved before 2013 taxes are due, said Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick.

"My team has worked hard to shorten the cycle by about three months," Van Nortwick said. "This is a testament to their dedication to the citizens of Clark County. It will also help ser

vice providers size up the local economy and examine budget options in a difficult operating environment."

The values reflect market values as of Jan. 1, and are based on sales from 2011.

Van Nortwick aims to hit 95 to 97 percent of market value.

Fewer than 1 percent of Clark County property owners challenge assessed values.

There are 160,569 property accounts.

In 2011 1,154 property owners filed challenges, up from 980 owners in 2010 but below the five-year high of 2,588 challenges filed in 2009.

How much in property taxes a person will owe in 2013 has yet to be determined.

For more information, visit Clark County Assessor's Office or call 360-397-2391.