What are the duties of the County Treasurer?

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Collecting real and personal property taxes (including performing foreclosures on real property and distraints of personal property), special assessments, excise tax, gambling taxes, and miscellaneous receipts from other county districts and departments and collection of all delinquent accounts
  •  Accounting for all funds and deposits of revenues for the state, county, cities and junior taxing districts (schools, ports, cemeteries, fire, drainage, and the Clark Public Utilities)
  • Determining adequate liquidity in funds and authorizing the release of warrants for payment to vendors  
  • Administering short- and long-term debt financing  
  • Managing the cash flow of the County and investing funds not needed for immediate expenditures for the County and junior taxing districts  
  • Coordinating banking services and facilitating financial planning for the County and various taxing districts

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1. Does every Washington State County have a Treasurer?
2. How does a person become County Treasurer?
3. Why is the County Treasurer an elected position?
4. How long is the term of an elected County Treasurer?
5. Who may serve as County Treasurer?
6. What are the duties of the County Treasurer?
7. Who makes the deposits to the County Treasury?
8. How does the County Treasurer assure the safekeeping of public funds as required by law?
9. How does the Treasurer handle unappropriated funds and/or funds not needed immediately to meet the needs of the County?
10. Is an investment policy required?
11. What percentage of regional versus county services does the County Treasurer provide?
12. How does the Treasurer add value to th e taxing districts and other governmental entities?
13. What confidence can the public have in the fiscal structure of county government?