Our Annual Report includes general information about the property tax system in Washington as well as data specific to Cowlitz County, including taxing district budgets, levy rates, total taxes assessed, and historical comparisons of tax data. We have also prepared several shorter, separate reports that focus on frequently requested information, including one specific to the local school levies. It's our intent to make the assessment and taxation process as transparent as possible, and we hope that you find these reports to be informative and useful.
The role of the Assessor is to estimate (appraise or assess) the value of all taxable property. It is our mission to serve the citizens of Cowlitz County by achieving accuracy, equity, and fairness in the estimation of value.
It is our responsibility to: 1) Neither underestimate nor overestimate the value of property; 2) See that all properties are assessed in a similar manner; 3) Ensure that each owner’s share of the total property tax is the same as his or her share of the total value of property.
Based on adherence to professional standards and in accordance with Washington State Law, we are committed to creating a quality product.
We will provide courteous, efficient, and outstanding service to all customers.
We will provide training and technology that will enable employees to achieve excellence.