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Taxpayer Information
Property tax, sales tax, and utility tax are the principal sources of revenue the city uses to provide core municipal services:
  • Public Safety (Police, Fire/EMS, Judicial)
  • Public Works (Streets; Lights; Public Facilities; Engineering)
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Community Development (Planning; Building; Business Licensing; Code Compliance; Economic Development) 

  
 
Property Taxes
The City of Battle Ground property tax rate in 2017 is $1.5863 per $1,000 of the property’s assessed value.  This is referred to as the “mill rate”.   

A homeowner in the city with property assessed at $280,000 pays $444.16 in 2017 for city property taxes.  (280 x 1.5863 = $444.16)

Your property tax bill is a combination of taxes paid to the various service jurisdictions in which you reside: city, school district, county, state, library, and cemetery district.  The city receives  17% of your total property taxes to provide core municipal services.

 2017 Property Tax Distribution
(based on property assessed at $280,000)
 Taxing Jurisdiction  2017 Mill Rate
(Rounded)
 Annual
Property Tax
% of Total
Property Tax 
City of Battle Ground 
1.59
 $445  17% 
Battle Ground Public Schools 4.04 $1,131  44% 
Clark County & WA State 4.20 $896  34% 
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District
.45 $118  4.5% 
Cemetery District .03 $9   <.5% 
TOTAL 9.28 $2,599  100% 

In 3 easy steps, individual property owners can determine exactly what they pay in property taxes and how the taxes are distributed:
  1. Log on to the Clark County Property Information Center and enter street address or tax account number
  2. Select the Taxes tab
  3. Select the Tax Distribution link

Property value is assessed by the Clark County Assessor’s Office  and property taxes are collected by the Clark County Treasurer  

Sales Tax
All sales within the City of Battle Ground are subject to a sales tax rate of 8.4%.  Sales and use tax are collected by the WA State Department of Revenue and distributed back to various governmental agencies. 
 
A consumer making a $100 purchase in the City of Battle Ground will pay $8.40 of sales tax.  The city receives just over 10% of the tax collected  (a total of 85 cents on a $100 purchase) to provide core municipal services.  The balance is distributed to other governmental service entities as shown below. 

 Sales Tax Distribution on $100 purchase
  Entity   Amount of Sales Tax Received
 City of Battle Ground   
.85  
 Washington State 6.50  
 Clark County  .15  
 Law & Justice Fund
.10  
 Mental Health Fund .10  
 C-Tran .70  
 TOTAL Sales Tax Paid $8.40  
 

Utility Taxes 
A utility tax of 20% is charged to customers of city-operated utilities (water, sewer and stormwater drainage). 

Utility taxes are also imposed on businesses that provide utilities within the City of Battle Ground at the following rates:
  • Telephone, Natural Gas, Electricity - 6%
  • Cable - 5%
  • Garbage - 10% 

How do Battle Ground taxes compare to other Clark County cities? 
To answer that question, we gathered tax-rate data from each city and from the Clark County Treasurer's office, and applied it to a standard resident profile.  The data, the process, and the results are published in the city’s October 2017 Newsletter.

 1.5863