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Assessor

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1. Is property assessed at its full value?
2. What determines the amount of property tax?
3. How is the value of real property determined?
4. How is the value of personal property determined?
5. How am I notified of my property's value?
6. What kinds of property are taxable?
7. How are property tax levies established?
8. What are the legal limitations or property taxes?
9. What happens if levy limits are exceeded?
10. How will I know how much property tax is due?
11. How do I qualify for a property tax exemption or deferral?
12. How do I appeal the value placed on my property?
13. What other types of exemptions are available?
14. What other kinds of property are exempt?
15. If I move, where do I send my address change?
16. How do obtain other information and assistance?

Auditor

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1. How do I contact driver licensing?
2. How do I find a recorded document?

Board of Commissioners

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1. Who are the Commissioners?
2. What district do I live in?
3. When are the commissioner's meetings?

Board of Equalization

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1. What is the deadline for filing?
2. How can citizens appeal the assessed value of their property to the Cowlitz County Board of Equalization?
3. Who May File an Appeal?
4. Should property owners contact the Assessor's Office?
5. When Do Property Owners Receive a Change of Value Notice?
6. Where are Valuation Notices Mailed to?
7. What is a Complete Petition
8. How does the Assesor value property?
9. What happens at a hearing?
10. When will the property owner receive a decision from the Board?
11. What if a property owner is not satisfied with the Board of Equalization's decision?
12. What happens if a citizen does not file an appeal in a timely manner?
13. Should property owners wait until after their hearing to pay their property taxes?

Building & Planning

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1. What kind of work requires a building permit?
2. What design criteria do I need to meet?

Clerk of Superior Court

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1. What services can court staff provide?
2. What services will the court staff not provide?

Communication Center (911)

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1. When should I call 911?
2. What if I call 911 accidentally?
3. How do I become a 911 Dispatcher?
4. If I call 911, what will they ask me?
5. Why do the dispatchers ask so many questions when I call 911?
6. You already know my address and phone number, so why do you ask me again?
7. Why do the dispatchers ask so many questions on a medical call?
8. Can I text to 911?
9. If I call to report a fire, what should I tell the dispatcher?
10. When I call 911, why do I sometimes get asked to hold on?

Coroner

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1. Does an autopsy have to be done?
2. How do I get a death certificate?

Corrections - Jail

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1. How can an inmate recieve money, and/or how do inmate accounts work?
2. What is the mailing address of the jail?
3. How does the Inmate Phone System Work?
4. May I send mail to an inmate?
5. What type of property may be brought to an inmate?
6. What type of property can an inmate have while incarcerated?
7. When can an inmate release property to the public?
8. When can inmates buy items from the commissary?
9. When can inmates release money from their accounts to the public?
10. When an inmate is released, in what form will his/her account be returned?
11. Where will an individual be booked after his/her arrest?
12. How can someone that has just been arrested be released without first appearing in court?
13. What is bail?
14. How do I post an inmate's bail or fine?
15. Who determines if an individual can be released on bond prior to appearing in court?
16. What forms of payment will the Jail accept?
17. What is the deadline to post a bond for someone who has not appeared in court yet during a court day?
18. How do I find out when an inmate is scheduled for court?
19. After an inmate is sentenced, who calculates the release date?
20. Can the Corrections Department tell me when someone is scheduled for release?
21. What time of day are inmates released after they are finished with their sentence?
22. How are Inmate Meals prepared?
23. Who is contracted for Inmate Medical Care?
24. Are Inmates allowed to buy items from a commissary service?
25. Can I volunteer to help inmates that are currently detained?
26. How can an inmate (or soon to be inmate) be assigned to Work Crew, Work Release, or Electronic Home Monitoring?
27. Can inmates get haircuts while in jail?
28. Prison Information
29. If found guilty, how much time can be sentenced?
30. Is there a question that wasn't answered, or did you find an error?

District Court

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1. What are District Court's hours?
2. Where is the District Court located?
3. How do I call the District Court?
4. How do I make an online payment for a citation or other court fines?
5. When is my court date?
6. Can I get a court-appointed attorney?
7. Can I continue my hearing date on a criminal matter?
8. If I am assessed a fine can I make payments?
9. What should I wear and how should I act in court?
10. When will my bail or bond be returned?
11. What is Deferred Prosecution?
12. I failed to appear, now what?
13. What is the DWLS Reinstatement Program?

Emergency Management

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1. What does the Department of Emergency Management do?
2. What kinds of natural and man-made disasters are relevant to Cowlitz County?
3. Does my county have an emergency plan?
4. Does Cowlitz County have pre-identified evacuation routes?
5. How will the County warn me of disaster?
6. What can I do now to be better prepared?

GIS

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1. Can I get printed large-format maps from GIS?
2. How can I access GIS data for use in my own analyses?
3. Can I obtain Survey Information from the GIS Department.
4. Can I obtain Information about Easements from the GIS Department?

Health&Human Services-Health

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1. How can I get a copy of a birth or death certificate?
2. How do I get my food handler's card?
3. Where can I get my water tested?

Human Resources

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1. I applied for another job. Can you use that application for more than one job announcement?

Information Technology

Law Enforcement Records

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1. How can I obtain a copy of a police report?
2. How can I obtain a background check on myself or someone else?
3. Where do I go to pay a ticket?

Museum

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1. What’s there to see here?
2. Do you have information or pictures about certain topics?

Noxious Weeds

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1. Why should I control my noxious weeds?
2. How do I control noxious weeds?
3. Can I get a ticket if I don't control my noxious weeds?

Parks & Recreation

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1. Does the county take park and camping reservations?
2. What is the cost to launch a boat at Willow Grove Boat Basin?
3. Where can I purchase a Willow Grove Boat Launch permit?

Prosecuting Attorney

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1. How do I report a crime?
2. I am a victim of a crime. Do I have any rights?
3. Will I have to testify?
4. Can I drop the charges?
5. I have bills as a result of this crime. How can I get them paid?
6. When will I receive my restitution?
7. I have been threatened or contacted by the defendant. What can I do?
8. An attorney or investigator has been contacting me about the case. Do I have to talk to them?
9. Can someone attend the interview with me?
10. How can I be notified if the defendant is released from jail?
11. How do I know when and where to go to court?

Public Works

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1. Why do we chip seal the roads?
2. When will the chip seal be cleaned up?
3. How can I set up a utility account?
4. When are Utility payments due?
5. Where can I take my garbage, recyclables, or household hazardous waste?
6. How do I know when I need a stormwater permit?

Public Works - Road Operations

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1. Why do we chip seal the roads?
2. When will the chip seal be cleaned up?
3. When will my road be plowed?
4. How do I report a dead animal on the roadway?
5. How do I report a road sign that has either fallen or been knocked over?

Public Works - Solid Waste

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1. Where can I take my garbage, recyclables, or household hazardous waste?
2. Where can I dispose of dangerous household products such as paints, thinners and pesticides?
3. How much does it cost to dump my trash?
4. When is the Toutle Drop Facility open?
5. Where can I dispose of my used motor oil and antifreeze?
6. Where can I recycle my used computer, monitor, laptop or television?
7. Do you have any available backyard composting bins? If so, where do I get them?

Public Works - Stormwater Management

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1. How do I know when I need a stormwater permit?
2. What if my project disturbs more than one (1) acre?
3. If I disturb one or more acres do I also need to get a Construction Stormwater Permit through Washington State Department of Ecology?
4. How many trees can be removed before triggering the stormwater permit process?
5. I need to replace a 8,000 square foot roof. Do I need a stormwater permit?
6. Would building foundation replacement under an existing building quality under the stormwater ordinance (16.22) as 'routine maintenance?'
7. The stormwater manual mentions planting plans. Would the County determine what plants are used (i.e. flowers) for residential development?
8. Will I have to do Low Impact Development?
9. Who do I contact with stormwater questions?

Public Works - Utilities

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1. How can I set up a utility account?
2. What is the difference between the Water Base charge and the Water Consumption charge?
3. Is there any Water Consumption included in the cost of the Water Base charge?
4. How is my Water Consumption calculated?
5. When is my consumption billed?
6. What time period does the base charges cover on my bill?
7. How can I use the exact amount of water several months in a row?
8. When are Utility payments due?
9. Is there a late fee if my payment is not in your office by 5:00 PM on the due date?
10. I am moving from one address to another, both serviced by the Cowlitz County Department of Public Works. What do I need to do?
11. I am currently living at an address serviced by the Cowlitz County Department of Public Works, but am moving to an address that is not. What do I need to do?
12. I paid a fully refundable deposit when I started service. When will I get my deposit back?
13. How long before my water can get connected?
14. My water was disconnected due to non-payment. What do I need to do to get it reconnected?

Sheriff

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1. How do I apply for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?
2. When can I get fingerprinted?
3. How do I Apply for a Harvest/Forest Products Permit?
4. How Do I Find Registered Sex Offenders Near Me?
5. How Do I Arrange to Have Civil Papers Served?

Treasurer

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1. When are my property taxes due?
2. Why didn't you send my statement to my lender?
3. Is there a property tax exemption for senior citizens or persons with disabilities?
4. How do I pay my property taxes?
5. What happens If I send in a late payment without interest and penalties?
6. Why haven't I received my statement?
7. Can I pay just a portion of the taxes due?
8. How does interest and penalty accrue?
9. Can I pay my taxes over the telephone?
10. Why do I owe interest and penalties? I didn't receive my statement.

WSU Extension

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1. Can you help me figure out what is killing my plant?
2. What workshops does WSU Extension offer?
3. Are you or your child intrested in 4-H?


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