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Another item on the civic to-do list in early November

The Clark County treasurer is warning residents to think ahead while completing a civic duty before early November, and it’s not the one you’re hearing the most about.

The Nov. 3 general election is at the front of most people’s minds at the moment, but the second round of this year’s property taxes are due the day before. Given the expected surge in mail-in voting combined with tens of thousands of anticipated mail-in tax payments, Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper sent a word of advice. 

“Mailing a payment early will ensure an on-time payment and on-time postmark,” Topper wrote in an email. “If they pay online with an e-check, it is free and payments made on or before Nov. 2 and before midnight are considered on-time”

The treasurer’s office is expecting about 130,000 payments before the due date. Topper added that she expects about 38,000 of them to be delivered by mail.

Second property tax installments are typically due Oct. 31, but the office announced that it pushed the deadline back this year because the date falls on a weekend.

Last year, the office received about 3,000 late payments, which began accruing interest, Topper said. Most of the payments were received by mail. 

Mail-in checks or money orders, which must be postmarked by Nov. 2, can be sent to the Clark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 35150, Seattle, WA 98124-5150. Online payments are available at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/payment-options, and payments can also be submitted to a specially marked secure dropbox at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, first floor.

Jack Heffernan

Jack Heffernan

Jack Heffernan is a breaking news reporter and covers Clark County government for The Columbian.