Property tax, sales tax, and utility tax are the principal sources of revenue the city uses to provide core municipal services:
- Public Safety (Police, Judicial)
- Public Works (Streets; Lights; Public Facilities; Engineering)
- Parks & Recreation
- Community Development (Planning; Building; Business Licensing; Code Compliance; Economic Development)
Property Taxes - 2023
The City of Battle Ground property tax rate in 2023 is $1.07 per $1,000 of the property’s assessed value. This is referred to as the “mill rate”. The rate is a decrease from the 2022 rate of $1.22.
A homeowner in the city with property assessed at $500,000 pays $533 in city property taxes. The tax revenue is consigned to the city’s general fund to pay for core city services such as police, streets, planning, and parks and recreation.
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. In 2023, the city receives 13.60% of the total property taxes you pay.
2023 Property Tax Distribution
(Based on property assessed at $500,000)
2023 Mill Rate (Rounded)
|Annual Property Tax||% of Total Property Tax|
|City of Battle Ground||1.06599||$532.99||13.60%|
|Battle Ground Public Schools||2.13565||$1,067.83||27.24%|
|Washington State (Schools)||2.32825||$1,164.12||29.69%|
|Fort Vancouver Library District||0.27947||$139.74||3.56%|
|Cemetery District 6||0.02051||$10.26||0.26%|
|Fire District 3||1.20761||$603.81||15.41%|
*The Clark County property tax rate is a combination of several rates including General Fund, Conservation Futures, Developmental Disabilities, Mental, Health, and Veterans Assistant.
Property owners can determine exactly what they pay in property taxes and how the taxes are distributed:
- Log on to the Clark County Property Information Center and enter street address or tax account number
- Select the Taxes tab
- Select the Tax Distribution link
All sales within the City of Battle Ground are subject to a sales tax rate of 8.6%. 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 $8.60 of sales tax. The city receives just under 10% of the tax collected (a total of 85 cents on a $100 purchase) to provide core municipal services. In 2022, City Council approved a .1% sales tax for its Transportation Benefit District. This money will go toward preserving and improving the City’s roadways. In addition, Clark County voters approved a .1% public safety tax in 2022 was well. The City will receive a small portion of this public safety tax to help fund the police department as well. The remaining 7.55% 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||0.85|
|Law & Justice Fund||0.10|
|Mental Health Fund||0.10|
|Clark County Public Safety Tax||0.10|
|Transportation Benefit District||0.10|
|TOTAL Sales Tax Paid||$8.60|
A utility tax of 12% is assessed on water, sewer and stormwater drainage services provided within the city.
Utility tax is also assessed on other services provided within the city at the rates noted below:
- 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 available here.