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The Courthouse Journal is the official newsletter of the Washington Association of County Officials. An archive of the past year's newsletters is available in our archive.

Jun 16

It's My Thing: Pacific County Clerk Has a Song in Her Heart

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 10:07 AM by Timothy Grisham


(Published by The Chinook Observer)

SOUTH BEND — When Virginia Leech took office as the newly elected county clerk in 1999 — her first and only elected office — it wasn’t long before she began to be drafted to sing at local events. In the years since, she has become a fixture at annual gatherings like Loyalty Days and Memorial Day services in Ilwaco.

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Jun 16

Builders, Not Residents, Should Pay for Seattle's Explosive Growth

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 10:03 AM by Timothy Grisham

(Published by The Seattle Times)

Ask a few friends and neighbors who should pay for the consequences of growth in boom time Seattle? I bet most will answer as mine do: Charge developers impact fees. Make growth pay for growth.

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Jun 12

Property Valuations Delayed Because of Staffing Shortage in Spokane County Assessor's Office

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 9:11 AM by Timothy Grisham

Property Valuations Delayed Because of Staffing Shortage in Spokane County Assessor's Office
(Published by The Spokesman-Review)

Property valuations will be more than four months late this year because of a staffing shortage in the Spokane County Assessor’s Office. Assessor Vicki Horton said her office saw six appraisers retire last year, taking with them decades of experience and familiarity with Washington rules and regulations.

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