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Special Meeting Notice – Notice of Public Hearing
The Jefferson County Board of Health has called for a public hearing on adoption of revisions to the Jefferson County Environmental Health Fee Schedule.

The hearing will be held during the Board’s monthly meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2014, at 2:30 PM at the Jefferson County Public Health building, 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368.

The revisions to the fee schedule affect Sewage Disposal Permits – New Community or Commercial; On Site Sewage; Evaluation of Existing Systems/Monitoring Inspections; and Waiver Variance applications.

The text of the proposed fee schedule adjustments may be found on the Jefferson County Public Health website at or a copy of the full text of the proposed adjustments will be mailed upon request. To request a copy of the Jefferson County Environmental Health Fee schedule contact Jefferson County Environmental Health Department, Jefferson County Public Health, 615 Sheridan, Port Townsend, WA 98368. 

Call for Bids
Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Jefferson County, State of Washington, will receive sealed bids up until the hour of 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, for the Paradise Bay Road, Phase II Project.

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Property Tax Statements Sent to Jefferson County Residents
Property owners can expect to see property tax statements in their mailbox by the end of February.  First installment property taxes are due April 30, 2015, and m
ailed 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. 


Alternate forms of online payment include by credit card or E-Checks with a service fee. Autopay is available for automatic deduction of first half or full payments from your bank account. Forms to authorize the service and instructions to sign up are on the Treasurer’s website at To request paperless tax statement delivery via email for the future, sign up by clicking on the link “eNoticesOnline” and enter the authorization code found on the second half coupon on your tax statement.  Please call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-385-9150 with any questions.



Jefferson County Conservation Futures Program
Applications for Open Space Projects Solicited

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners invites applications for projects to enhance the County's open space preserves. The Conservation Futures Program helps protect important wildlife habitat, working agricultural and timber lands, visual buffers, scenic areas, and open space lands linked to parks, cultural and historic sites – all for the health, benefit and welfare of citizens. Projects must provide permanent protection of open space lands through acquisition of real property or development rights.


In the 2015 funding cycle, approximately $205,000 is available to fund projects. Of this amount, up to $30,750 is available to reimburse operations and maintenance expenses for any property acquired with conservation futures funds. A matching amount of at least 50% is required. Deadline for receipt of submission is Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM to the Jefferson County Environmental Health Dept., 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, WA 98368 for hard copies or, via email as a PDF document, to


To request a program manual and application, and for more information, contact Tami Pokorny at this email address or call (360) 379-4498. Workshops to explain the details of the program to non-profit organizations, government agencies, special purpose districts, or interested citizens are available by request throughout the year. Visit the Conservation Futures Program web pages at



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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