Property tax, sales tax, and utility tax are the principal sources of revenue the city uses to provide core municipal services:
- Public Safety (Police, Fire/EMS, Judicial)
- Public Works (Streets; Lights; Public Facilities; Engineering)
- Parks & Recreation
- Community Development (Planning; Building; Business Licensing; Code Compliance; Economic Development)
The City of Battle Ground property tax rate in 2018 is $1.5014 per $1,000 of the property’s assessed value. This is referred to as the “mill rate”.
A homeowner in the city with property assessed at $310,000 pays $465.43 in 2018 for city property taxes. ($310 x 1.5014 = $465.43)
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 2018,the city receives 15% of the total property taxes you pay to provide core municipal services.
2018 Property Tax Distribution
(based on property assessed at $310,000)
|Taxing Jurisdiction||2018 Mill Rate (Rounded)||Annual Property Tax||% of Total Property Tax|
|City of Battle Ground||1.50||$465||15%|
|Battle Ground Public Schools||4.14||$1,283||41%|
|Fort Vancouver Regional Library District||0.39||$121||4%|
Individual 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 8.4%. 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 $8.40 of sales tax. The city receives just over 10% of the tax collected (a total of 85 cents on a $100 purchase) to provide core municipal services. The balance 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|
|TOTAL Sales Tax Paid||$8.40|
A utility tax of 22% is charged to customers of city-operated utilities (water, sewer and stormwater drainage).
Utility taxes are also imposed on businesses that provide utilities within the City of Battle Ground at the following rates:
- 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 at Taxes, City Services, and Value.