There are seven different types of local, non-partisan governmental jurisdictions in Clark County. All of them have at least some ability to influence your day to day life, and to levy taxes.

H-Roc believes women bring different skills to elected office than men and also find different solutions to problems. So we participate in a number of local government elections.

Local governments fall into two categories: general purpose governments like cities and town, and special purpose districts whose responsibilities and authorities are to a specific and limited public service. The special purpose districts include school boards, sewer districts, fire districts, port districts, cemetery districts and water and electric utilities

 
 
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Cities and Towns

Cities and Towns are governed by city and town councils and provide general services like police, fire, zoning, and parks to name a few, to residents inside their boundaries. They can levy several different types of taxes to pay for those services. There are 7 cities either wholly or partially within Clark County, and one town, Yacolt.


School Boards

School Board Directors are responsible for setting policy and overall direction for the education of students within their boundaries. They are authorized to levy taxes is approved by the voters. There are 10 school districts either wholly or partially within Clark County.

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Public Utilities

Clark Public Utilities (more commonly known as the PUD) provides water and electric power in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Commission makes policy decision about where and how services are delivered and sets rates.

Clark Regional Wastewater is the single provider of sewer outside city limits. The utility is governed by 3 Commissioners who make decisions about where and how service delivery occurs and they set sewer rates for users.


Fire Protection Districts

Fire protection districts are governed by an elected commission and provide fire service outside city limits. There are eight districts in Clark County: East County Fire and Rescue, Clark County Fire and Rescue, Fire District 2, Fire District 3, Fire District 5, and Fire District 6, Fire District 10 and Fire District 13.

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Cemetery Districts

Cemetery Districts provide and maintain public burial areas. They are quite similar to the more familiar commercial cemeteries but are governed by a public body. There are four cemetery districts in Clark County, Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6. Each of the districts has one commissioner position open for election in 2017.


Port Districts

Cemetery Districts provide and maintain public burial areas. They are quite similar to the more familiar commercial cemeteries but are governed by a public body. There are four cemetery districts in Clark County, Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6. Each of the districts has one commissioner position open for election in 2017.

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For further reference on the statutory authorities and responsibilities of local governments you may want to check the RCW enabling legislation list below.

  • School Boards – RCW 28.A

  • Public Port Commissions – RCW 53

  • Cities and Towns – RCW 35

  • Sanitary Districts – RCW 55

  • Water Sewer Districts – RCW 57

  • Fire Protection Districts – RCW 52

  • Cemetery Districts – RCW 68