Frequently Asked Questions

Property Taxes and Assessments

When are the tax statements mailed?

Tax statements are mailed annually, on or before February 14th.

My mortgage company pays my taxes, why am I getting the bill?

Tax statements are mailed to the taxpayer so that you are aware of what you are being taxed on.  It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to notify their mortgage company if there has been a change made to your taxes (i.e., property has been put in a program or is receiving an exemption).

What if your office is closed and taxes are due?

If the end of the month falls on a weekend, which would include Friday, as our work week is Monday through Thursday, you would then be given the next business day in person, and postmarks are acceptable as well.  (RCW 1.12.070).

If I have delinquent taxes, when will the County begin foreclosure?

Real property foreclosure occurs when taxes are three full years delinquent.  Personal property (cabins, equipment, and farm equipment) becomes delinquent if the first half tax is not paid by April 30th.  If the first half tax is not paid, then the full amount is due, and they are in immediate distraint (foreclosure) on May 1st.  Skamania County will begin sending out foreclosure notification letters in the month of May.

How do I change my mailing address on my tax statement?

You can call the Skamania County Assessor’s Office at 1-509-427-3720 and give them the change of address information or you can submit the address change with your tax payment (on the back of the tax statement on your payment coupons, there is a place to make address changes).

How do I apply for a senior citizen or disabled persons exemption?

Please contact the Skamania County Assessor’s Office at 1-509-427-3720 to obtain information and/or packets.

I just purchased this property, and the tax statement you sent me shows delinquent taxes owing, am I responsible for paying those?

Taxes follow the property, not the taxpayer.  The county does not foreclose on people, only parcels.  It is your responsibility to ascertain the condition of taxes prior to purchase.

Why haven’t I received prior notification that my taxes have been delinquent to a point of being foreclosed on?

Tax statements are mailed from our office each February.  The statement will show delinquent amount(s) owing below your current year installment payment amount, on each of your coupons.  The delinquent amount will only be good through the month of February.  Additional interest will be charged beginning March 1st so you will need to contact our office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, to get the current amount owing prior to sending payment in or click on the following link to review your current tax information http://skamaniawa.taxsifter.com/taxsifter/t-parcelsearch.asp (you will need to enter your parcel number/account number or your name).

Real Estate Excise Tax Information

What is the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

The sale of real property in Washington is generally subject to real estate excise which for Skamania County is 1.53% (1.28% to State; .25% to local) of the sale price plus a $5.00 processing fee.  If it is an exempt transaction, it must have a Washington Administrative Code (WAC) rule; a $10.00 processing fee would be collected. Please note, that when filling out the REET form:
  • Affidavits must have original signatures.
  • An agent may no longer sign for both Grantor and Grantee and two different signatures are required.
  • No faxed or e-mailed affidavits will be accepted.
  • If using the Supplemental, all parties involved must sign.
Our office will not accept REET affidavits that do not meet these specifications.  You may contact us to review your documents prior to submitting them by FAX (1-509-427-3740) or email to clelland@co.skamania.wa.us, or call 1-509-427-3757.

Mobile Home

I am selling a mobile home, what do I need to do?

If you are selling your mobile home and it is staying in the same location: Taxes must be paid in full. Mobile Home Excise Tax Affidavit must be submitted and excise tax paid at the time of submission.  This form can be picked up at our office or by using this link  (http://dor.wa.gov/Docs/forms/RealEstExcsTx/RealEstExTxMbleHome_E.pdf) Treasurer’s Tax Certification will be provided at time of processing. Mobile Home Title must be submitted with the Affidavit. Transfer of Title must be done with the Department of Licensing located in the Auditor’s Office.  Please contact Nathan Phillips at 1-509-427-3732 for additional information or questions. If you are selling your mobile home and it is moving within Skamania County or Washington State: Current and advanced taxes must be paid. Mobile Home Excise Tax Affidavit must be submitted and excise tax paid at the time of submission.  This form can be picked up at our office or by using this link  (http://dor.wa.gov/Docs/forms/RealEstExcsTx/RealEstExTxMbleHome_E.pdf) Mobile Home Title must be submitted with the Affidavit. Treasurer’s Office will issue a Moving Permit.  Information needed from the mover:  Transporter’s Name, WUTC Permit Number, and DOT Special Motor Vehicle Permit Number. Transfer of Title must be done with the Department of Licensing located in the Auditor’s Office.  Please contact Nathan Phillips at 1-509-427-3732 for additional information or questions. If you are selling your mobile home and it is moving out of the State of Washington: Taxes must be paid in full. Tax Certification for Mobile Home Movement must be completed (this form can be obtained from the Skamania County Treasurer’s Office). Treasurer’s Office will issue a Moving Permit.  Information needed from the mover:  Transporter’s Name, WUTC Permit Number, and DOT Special Motor Vehicle Permit Number.

Contact Us

Office Hours: 7:30 - 5:30 Monday through Thursday

Office Location: 240 NW Vancouver Ave Stevenson, WA 98648

Mailing Address: PO Box 790 Stevenson, WA 98648 Phone: (509) 427-3760 Fax: (509) 427-3740 Email: Treasurer
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