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Treasurer
The County Treasurer holds a key position of public trust in the financial affairs of local government.

Acting as the bank for the county, school districts, fire districts, water districts and other units of local government, the Treasurer’s Office receipts, disburses, invests, and accounts for the funds of each of these entities.

In addition, the Treasurer is charged with the collection of various taxes that benefit a wide range of governmental units.











Responsibilities

The Treasurer's major responsibilities can be summarized in the following areas:
  • Collecting real and personal property taxes (including performing foreclosure on real property and distraint 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 from the state, county, cities, and junior taxing districts (schools, ports, cemeteries, fire, diking)
  • Determining adequate liquidity in funds and authorizing the release of warrants for payments 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
  • Acting agent to Department of Revenue in the administration of real estate excise tax

Finance Meeting 

        Finance Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month. 

        Note: These meetings are subject to change if the finance committee has conflicts; 
        please contact the Treasurer if you plan to attend to ensure there has not been a 
        change.

Contact Us

Kathy Hanks
Kathy Hanks
Cowlitz County Treasurer

207 N. 4th Ave.
Room 202
Kelso, WA 98626

Ph: 360-577-3060
Fx: 360-578-2071

TTY / VCO
711 or 800-833-6384
Washington Relay

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Except holidays

Office Location:
Cowlitz County Admin Bldg
2nd Floor by Assessors
Directions to Courthouse 

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