Meet the Staff

The goal of the staff within the Skamania County Treasurer's Office is to provide excellent customer services, and apply the knowledge, skills and abilities required to safely manage taxpayers money.

Carla Groat, Chief Deputy Treasurer

Carla Groat started with Skamania County in 2000 as the Investment Officer, under then Treasurer Saundra Willing.  In September 2014. she was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy Treasurer, which functions she will provide, as well as those of Investment Officer. The Chief Deputy Treasurer provides oversight of the Treasurer’s office performing a wide variety of technical and administrative duties, including but not limited to personnel issues, training and supervision.  Responsible for interpretation of the Revised Code of Washington, Budgeting Accounting and Reporting system (BARS), recommendations and/or creation of office policies and procedures and implementation as prescribed by Washington State laws.  Performs duties of the other deputies in their absence, investing, warrant issuing, financial records, revenue posting, real estate excises and tax collecting.
  • Performs Tax Roll Management, which includes file maintenance for parcels, tax codes and districts; calculates adjustments.  Prepares, reconciles, verifies, and balances new roll (dollar amount levied, fire patrol and mosquito control amounts).
  • Performs Real Estate Excise tax collection which involves correctly processing paperwork presented for property conveyances; calculating state and local excise tax, interest and penalty as needed; verifies claims for exemption from the excise tax.  Works directly with Department of Revenue for Real Estate Excise Taxes and regulations.
  • Accurately and timely prepares all remittances to the Washington State Treasurer monthly.
  • Responsible for records management including the destruction of documents per State retention schedules.
  • Responsible for refunds for County departments, personal property distraint and tax collections, fire patrol application remittance, remittances for gun permits and background checks to the State, NSF collections, deposits of ACH’s for all departments (i.e. state, federal, local and any grant that is requested/received by individual departments), and process OPAY tax payments.
  • Assumes full responsibility of the office in the Treasurer’s absence; including signature authority and other duties normally reserved, by statutory authority, for the county Treasurer.
The Investment Officer is responsible for investing public funds in a manner which will provide the highest investment return with the maximum security while satisfying daily cash flow demands and to comply with all federal, state and county statutes governing the investment of public funds.  The work is performed with considerable independent judgment.
  • Monitors the eligibility of various banking institutions.
  • Analyzes data on various types of instruments for safety, eligibility, liquidity and return, from which a determination is made on the best selection of instrument at the time of investment.
  • Advises districts on fund availability, maturity, the rate of return expected on investment and necessary authorization for completion of the investment.
  • Formulates an annual cash flow chart for county funds for funds needed to meet general and unexpected expenses and makes adjustments when necessary dependent upon eligibility and market conditions.
  • Writes residual cash activity letter for the Finance Committee.
  • Organizes and prepares Resolution Book of investments and transfers completed during the month.
  • Receipts and maintains accurate records of deposits from school districts, parks, senior services and others; receipts and maintains accurate records of tax payments; verifies and receipts miscellaneous receipts.
  • Performs Real Estate Excise tax collection which involves correctly processing paperwork presented for property conveyances; calculating state and local excise tax, interest and penalty as needed; verifies claims for exemption from the excise tax.
 

Audrey Fahrni, Revenue Officer

Audrey Fahrni joined the team in the Skamania County Treasurer's Office  in 2004 under then Treasurer Cherie Flood.  She will continue in her position as Revenue Officer. The Revenue Officer is responsible for effectively and fairly collecting all delinquent tax amounts owed to the county and maintaining daily revenue figures in a data base for generation of monthly financial reports.  The work is performed with considerable independent judgment.
  • Prepares and files Real Property and Personal Property legal documents with Superior Court and the Auditor's Office.
  • Solicits bids from title companies and orders title search reports.
  • Communicates on an on-going basis with delinquent taxpayers; performs extensive research to determine the status of delinquent taxpayers; physically posts Distraint notices on various sites; performs research to ascertain lienholders; and removes/releases liens or distraints when paid.
  • Coordinates the public Treasurer's auctions and prepares appropriate public notification of such.
  • Prepares Bill of Sales, Treasurer's Deeds, and Excise work requiring accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Receipts and maintains accurate records regarding tax payments and verifies/receipts miscellaneous payments.
  • Inputs revenue information into the computer and updates fund balances and generates daily fund balance report.
  • Redeems warrants; performs half-month balancing including excise figures; generates and assembles Treasurer's monthly report; updates BARS codes; prepares, updates, and revises cash transmittal forms; prepares, updates and revises various office forms; and creates Revenue Master file list for office reference.
  • Performs Real Estate Excise tax collection which involves correctly processing paperwork presented for property conveyances; calculating state and local excise tax, interest and penalty as needed; verifies claims for exemption from the excise tax.
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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