Assessor: David M. Thomas
Assessor General Information/Special Assessments
Taxes collected for dike maintenance and drainage maintenance are not a regular levied tax and thus fall outside of the statutory 1% limit. The total maintenance budget for one of these districts is dispersed among property owner by either total acreage or total market value.
CWA = Clean Water Assessment
The goal of Skagit County's Clean Water (Shellfish Protection) Program is to address and deal with non-point pollution. Special attention is paid to reducing fecal coliform pollution in Samish Bay. In 1994, as a result of bacterial pollution, the Washington State Health Department closed parts of Samish Bay to recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting. The Bay was so polluted that shellfish harvested from this area were poisonous to people. To remedy this, the county was required to come up with a program that would reduce contamination. CWA funds are also used for educating the public, cleaning up failing septic systems, salmon habitat monitoring and restoration, controlling storm water pollution, and water quality monitoring at 40 different sites throughout the county.