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Port Townsend, WA  98368

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1st Half Property Taxes Due April 30th  

Remember first installment property taxes are due Thursday, April 30, 2015. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date to avoid penalty and interest charges.

Taxes may be paid in person at the Courthouse Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mailed payments must be postmarked by April 30, 2015.


There are five drop boxes in Jefferson County for payment by check in the month of April:

·         Drop box in rear parking lot of the courthouse

·         Port Townsend Bank of America

·         Port Hadlock Bank of America

·         Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank

·         Quilcene US Bank


Credit card payments may be made online at or by phone 1-877-812-8072.  Instructions for both are on the back of the tax statement, and a 2.5% fee is charged by the service provider for credit card payments.


Electronic checks may now be used to make payments. Go to the Jefferson County Treasurer’s webpage for instructions and fee amounts


Treasurer is providing ACH Debit service or AUTOPAY. You may sign up to have your taxes automatically deducted from your bank account on April 30th for first half or full payments and October 31st for second half.  Utilizing a service through Bank of America the Treasurer’s Office will electronically debit your account on the tax due date, or next business day if it falls on a weekend. There is no fee for this service.  Forms to authorize the service and instructions to sign up are on the Treasurer’s website at

Forms must be submitted by April 10th or October 10th to activate.


To request paperless tax statement delivery via email, sign up by clicking on the link “eNoticesOnline” on the Treasurer’s Office webpage.


Please call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-385-9150 with any questions.



Bid Proposal
Motor Fuel

The Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, State of Washington, will receive sealed bids up until the hour of 9:30 A.M. on Monday, May 18th, 2015, at the Office of the County Commissioners, basement level of the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, Washington, 98368, for the Supply of Motor Fuel. Bids may be mailed to the office of the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA, 98368, but must be received by the previously stated date and time. Sealed bids will be opened and read publicly at 10:00 A.M. or shortly thereafter on Monday, May 18th, 2015, at the Jefferson County Commissioners Chambers, basement level of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Bid package can be downloaded here.

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Notice of Public Hearing – Jefferson County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Comprehensive Plan Update
A public hearing will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:00am by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA  98368 for the purpose of taking public testimony regarding the adoption of the Jefferson County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Comprehensive Plan Update. Written testimony on the plan will be accepted until Monday, May 4, 2015. The updated plan can be viewed online here. For additional information, contact Matt Tyler, Jefferson County Public Works Department, (360) 385-9129, or email



The current County Comprehensive Plan is available here.


Joint Growth Management Steering Committee Volunteer Opportunity
A volunteer is sought for membership on the Joint Growth Management Steering Committee (JGMSC).  To be eligible, an applicant must either reside in, or have property or a business within the boundary of the Irondale-Hadlock Urban Growth Area (UGA). To see a map of this area, or learn more about the  UGA,

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In addition to the Hadlock UGA representative, the JGMSC includes all three Jefferson County Board of County Commissioner members, three members from the City of Port Townsend City Council and one member from the Port of Port Townsend.  The committee meets as needed, and will meet in the near future to discuss proposed population projections for use in the comprehensive plans of both the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County. 


TO APPLY: Submit a completed Volunteer Application Form as soon as possible to: Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, PO Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or Review of applications will begin immediately. To learn more about the JGMSC, please visit:



Jefferson County Planning Commission Vacancies – Districts 1 and 2

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New Permit Review Process at DCD

The Department of Community Development (DCD) in cooperation with the Environmental Health and Public Works Departments, is beginning a new process for reviewing Single Family Residential building permits.  It’s called the “Upfront Review Team,” and was developed out of DCD’s “LEAN” improvement project and works like this:


When a person calls to schedule an appointment to submit a building permit application, they are given checklists to make sure they have everything DCD needs to review their application once it’s submitted.  Then, our Upfront Review Team is invited to the appointment, shows up and starts reviewing the application while it’s still being taken in!


This eliminates the delays caused by routing the application to different departments, and the chance that the applicant will get a letter weeks later, telling them they need to submit more information.  The Review Team can talk directly to the applicant and explain any issues that may come up, or if they need more information, so the applicant will leave the appointment knowing exactly what they need to do to get their permit.  This drastically reduces the time, confusion and frustration that used to be common with the old process.  Ideally, an applicant could get their permit the same day they submit their application!  DCD anticipates applying this process to all land use and building permit applications over time.  Contact Sally Ellis or David Wayne Johnson for more information – 379-4450. 





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