Skagit County

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Washington’s counties derive their powers from the state constitution. This establishes the legal framework for county government and lists the duties and powers of the governing bodies. Washington counties are organized under two forms of government: the commission form and the home rule charter form.  Skagit County utilizes the Commission Form of governance.

Commission Form
Article 11, section 5 of the Washington Constitution makes the commission form the standard form of county government throughout the state for counties that do not adopt a home rule charter and sets forth, in general terms, the governmental structure that all commission counties must have.
The commission form is often referred to as the "plural executive" form of government. Under the commission form, the county governing body consists of a three-member board of commissioners, elected on a partisan basis, who serve as the county's legislative body and also perform executive functions. Counties with populations greater than 300,000 can increase the size of the commission from three to five members (RCW 36.32.055 – 36.32.0558).

Basic authority and procedures for board of county commissioners are set forth in Ch. 36.32 RCW. While the county commissioners establish the budget and act as the county legislative body, they share administrative functions with several other independently-elected county officials, including a clerk, treasurer, sheriff, assessor, coroner, and auditor (or recorder). The county prosecuting attorney and the judges of the superior court are also independently elected.

Although there is no constitutional or statutory requirement for county commissioners to delegate any of their executive authority to a separately-appointed administrator, many of them have, to a limited degree, chosen to do so.

Administrative Services
County Administrator: Tim Holloran

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-1300

Duties: The duties of the County Administrator were defined by resolution R20070247 dated May 7, 2007.  This resolution delegated to the Administrator, duties that by law are given to the County Commissioners and include:

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30
Monday through Friday
700 South 2nd Street, Room 204
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1780
Fax: (360) 416-1790

Duties: Responsible for administering the property tax system for the county. This process involves establishing real and personal property values for distributing taxes for each tax district, as well as reviewing each tax district’s budget request to assure all legal requirements and limitations are met. The assessor also administers and monitors compliance for recipients of tax benefit programs, such as the Senior Citizen and Disabled Exemption program and the various Current Use programs for properties used for agriculture, timber and open space.

Assigned Counsel (Judicial)

Closed: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Skagit County Court House
205 W. Kincaid, Suite #305
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1690
Fax: (360) 336-9419

Duties: The Office of Assigned Counsel ensures a person's constitutional right to counsel in a court proceeding, whether civil or criminal in form, when necessary to ensure procedural fairness. Such a right exists in any proceeding which may result in physical incarceration.

The legislature finds that effective legal representation should be provided for indigent persons and persons who are indigent and able to contribute, consistent with the Constitutional requirements of fairness, equal protection, and due process in all cases where the right to counsel attaches.

The Court has designated the Skagit County Office of Assigned Counsel as it's designee to determine whether a defendant is indigent pursuant to RCW 10.101.

The Office of Assigned Counsel performs eligibility screening for indigent defense services for Skagit County Superior and District Court.

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30
Marriage application hours:8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only
P.O. Box 1306, Room 201
700 S. Second Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1700
FAX: (360) 416-1698

Duties Include:
• Accounting – Skagit County Payroll, Expenditure Services and Financial Reporting Functions
• Vehicle/Vessel Licensing
• Elections - Election Information, Elections Administrator, Voter Registration and Maintenance
• Recording Official Documents– Deeds. Liens on property, Marriage certificate, Divorce papers
• Marriage Licensing

1800 Continental Place, 2nd Floor
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-1740

Duties Include:
Has the responsibility to determine whether the assessed value of the property represents 100% of the property's fair market value. The board considers questions of valuation and equalization of property assessments, not levy rates or the overall dollar amount of taxes due.

Is a quasi-judicial body that provides an impartial citizen forum for property owners with the appeal process regarding disputes in their valuation assessment placed on their property by the county assessor.

Functions independently of the Assessor's Office. The board office and staff is under direction of the Skagit County Board of Equalization as supported by RCW.84.48.028.

Has jurisdiction to hear all appeals as may be authorized by statue WAC 458-14-015 including exemption denials (public corporations and senior citizen), historic property, current use determinations, property tax deferrals, omitted property, destroyed property.

Has jurisdiction to "equalize" property on its own initiative pursuant to RCW 84.48.010, in accordance with WAC 458-14-046.

Is governed by the Washington State Department of Revenue as supported by RCW 84.08.020 and 84.08.060.

The board is comprised of three county residents who are appointed by Skagit County Commissioners.

Northwest Regional Council
600 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone (360) 676-6749 Ext 1055
Fax (360) 738-2451

Duties: The Washington State Boundary Review Board for Skagit County was established in accordance with state statutes to provide local independent review of certain actions proposed by cities, towns and special purpose districts. The actions that most commonly come before the Board are annexations. The Washington State Legislature has specifically defined the purpose, authority, makeup, terms, fees and procedures of Boundary Review Boards. This legislation and amendments that have occurred over the years are contained in Chapter 36.93, Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

The Board consists of five members, all from Skagit County, appointed by elected officials of the cities, special purpose districts, the county (one member each) and the Governor (two members). Terms are four years. Although the county is mandated by state statute to fund the Board, the Board and its staff function independently, and do not represent county interests to the exclusion of the interests of other parties involved in the process.

The Boundary Review Board offers affected jurisdictions and citizens the only independent review of proposed boundary changes. It’s jurisdiction is invoked only when there is a dispute regarding a proposed action. It’s decisions are based on specific statutory objectives and consistency with the Growth Management Act, and its written hearing decisions reflect those statutory requirements.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-1300

Facilitates the Board of County Commissioners in developing the Annual Budget.

Administrates and maintains the financial system for the County including all system processes, security, and structure in accordance with BARS.

Works with County offices and departments to assure that compliance with proper internal control procedures, laws and grant requirements are achieved and maintained.
Researches, develops and reviews funding sources.

1800 Continental Place, Suite 100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1990

Duties: The Civil Service Commission is established in compliance with Revised Code of Washington 41.14 to establish a merit system of employment for Skagit County deputy sheriffs and other employees of the Office of the Skagit County Sheriff.

The Civil Service Commission coordinates the selection and hiring of all job openings in the Sheriff’s Office. They also conduct hearings and investigations regarding termination or disciplinary actions.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
205 W Kincaid, Room 103
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1800

Duties Include:

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A
Burlington, WA, 98233
(360) 428 - 4270

Duties: Washington State University Extension engages people, organizations and communities to advance economic well-being and quality of life by connecting them to the knowledge base of the university and by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.

116 S. 11th St.
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Phone:(360) 416-1996
Fax: (360) 899-5495

Duties: In accordance with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 68.50), the primary purpose of the Skagit County Coroner’s Office is to determine the cause and manner of death of persons who die suddenly, violently, or unexpectedly while in apparent good health within the geographic boundaries of the county.

The Coroner’s Office responds to various death scenes, confirms identification, assists with autopsies and medical examinations, locates and notifies next of kin, reviews and certifies death certificates, and carries out any other requirements regarding deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of the Coroner.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office is instrumental in the investigation of a death as well as the prevention of deaths. The Coroner’s Office works with community partners to adopt a proactive approach to reducing preventable deaths.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office works with NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) regarding unidentified, missing, and unclaimed cases that have fallen under the jurisdiction of the Coroner. This office will disclose information about unidentified and unclaimed cases online in an effort to resolve each case.

Mailing Address:
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Call: (360) 416-1141 (Monday-Thursday)
Call: (360) 416-1168 (Friday)
Location: 1700 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA
Hours: 7:30-4:30

Duties: Provide site addresses in accordance with County and Federal standards for the purpose of supporting Skagit County's emergency responders.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.