Clatsop County Environmental Health provides FREE Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events several times per year at the Household Hazardous Waste collection center.
Our next collection event is 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October 14. The 2023 schedule is available on the Clatsop County website.
The collection center is located at 1780 Williamsport Road in Astoria, next to the Recology of Western Oregon solid waste transfer station.
2023/2024 Property Tax Statements Mailed This Week
This year’s property tax statements account for a total of $110.9 million which will pay for County Government Services (public safety, road improvements, elections, public health), City Services (police, fire protection, urban renewal projects), Education (K-12, Clatsop Community College, NW ESD), Port of Astoria and Rural Fire and other Special Districts.
This is an increase of $7.6 million (7%) compared to last year. The increase in taxes is due to several factors including the 3% increase in assessed value on most properties, value due to new construction activity and new or increased taxing district levies and bonds.
If you live in a taxing district that has new voter-approved bonds or local option levies, your property taxes may increase more than the anticipated 3%. New levies and bonds approved by the voters will be reflected in this year’s tax bills.
Lewis & Clark RFPD – Local Option Levy | 2023/24 LO Rate is $1.15 per $1,000 assessed valuation- (Voters renewed the levy with .25 cent increase)
Property tax payments must be paid in full and received or postmarked by November 15, 2023 to be eligible for the 3% discount on property taxes due. Make Checks Payable to: Clatsop County Tax Collector.
Clatsop County is accepting applications for a vacancy on the countywide Budget Committee. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
Budget committee members review the proposed overall county budget, make recommendations and approve the proposed budget for adoption by the county commissioners.
The committee is made up of five county commissioners and five local residents appointed by commissioners. The committee generally meets in May to review the proposed budget. The vacancy is for a term ending June 30, 2026.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissions is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the Clatsop County Fair Board.
The Clatsop County Fair Board operates and otherwise manages the Fairgrounds with the assistance of staff. This includes recruiting for bookings, scheduling, establishing rental fees, general promotion, food service, concessions, maintenance and all other related operational activities.
Sunset Empire Transit District is reinstating routes and changing current routes to allow for more frequent and additional service.
Although the SETD website is still not functioning, updates and schedules are posted to their Facebook page, in shelters and available from drivers on the buses.
Reinstated Route 20 is making 6 weekday trips between Seaside-Cannon Beach
Reinstated Route 10 is making 6 weekday trips through and around Astoria
Route 101 has added stops at Warrenton Mini Mart and goes between Astoria and Seaside, increasing frequency to 8 weekday trips per day. This updated 101 route eliminates Cannon Beach due to Route 20 going from Seaside to Cannon Beach
Pacific Connector has added stops at Warrenton Mini Mart and will make five trips from Astoria to Cannon Beach on Saturday and Sunday
As soon as you notice the first signs of an earthquake, drop onto your hands and knees. Earthquakes are very powerful and might knock you down if you remain standing, which could cause injury.
When you drop to the floor and stay low, you will be in a more stable, safe position. From a dropped position on your knees, you can also crawl to cover more easily. If you are seated and cannot drop to the floor, follow steps 2 and 3: Cover and Hold On.
Even small items in your home, such as a vase on a bookshelf or a framed photo on the wall, could cause severe injury if they fall onto you during an earthquake.
During an earthquake, remain dropped on your knees and bend over to protect your head and vital organs. If there is a sturdy desk or table nearby, crawl underneath it for cover. Otherwise, crawl next to an inside wall and get as far away from windows as possible.
3. HOLD ON
Furniture might shift around during the earthquake, so if the table or desk you are under moves, you need to move with it to avoid being injured by it. That means holding on with one or both hands during the shaking. If you are not sheltered under furniture, use both arms and hands to hold on to your head and neck.
Stay in your covered, dropped position until shaking stops.
After the initial jolt, there is still a chance of aftershocks, building damage, and other dangers, so it is important to remain aware of additional dangers after the initial earthquake.
After the Earthquake
As soon as the ground stops shaking, assess your location, especially whether you are in a landslide or tsunami inundation zone. If needed, move to higher ground or a safer location.
Check your immediate area for injured people and for any new hazards that may have formed, such as leaking gas lines, building damage or collapse, or broken water or electric lines.
Do You Know What To Do During an Earthquake in Other Situations?
Wear a mask if you are around high-risk individuals, in congregate care facilities or with persons with immunocompromising conditions
Septic Issues? A New Program May Help
A new program is available to help Clatsop County homeowners repair or replace septic systems that are damaged, non-working or have failed.
“It can be expensive to fix septic issues but this program can provide relief to individuals and small businesses.
Eligible individuals may receive a no-interest, no payment loan, with a 30-year term or due when the title changes. In other situations, they could receive a grant which does not have to be paid back,” said Casey Mitchell, weatherization & housing rehab program manager for Community Action Team Inc.
This program is open to up to 105 participants. To be eligible, household income must be at 120% of area median income or less, and the septic system must be on private property in Columbia, Clatsop or Tillamook counties.
$30,000 in Grants Now Available to Local Service Providers
On behalf of the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, a total of $30,000 is being made available to be distributed to local not-for-profit social human services organizations that address Clatsop County community needs.
The Clatsop County Human Services Advisory Council will review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board based on the Board’s annual strategic planning goals.
Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. To be eligible for consideration, the county online application must be completed. Grants will be awarded in Spring 2024.
Clatsop County Public Works Schedule for Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20
Crews will be crack sealing at the Klaskanine River Bridge (Youngs River Road milepost 10.55). There will be one lane closure with minimal delays. Flaggers will be present.
Brush chop countywide
Grade gravel roads in the Knappa area
Perform culvert and ditch maintenance county wide
Monitor for inclement weather affecting roads
Clerk and Elections
Candidate filing window has opened for the May 21, 2024 Primary Election. Positions include Precinct Committee Persons, Commissioner District 2, Commissioner District 4 and Sheriff.
You can now search for a document that has been recorded in Clatsop County. In coordination with Information Systems we have developed a way to search for a document before coming in or calling our office.
Once you find the document you are looking for you can request a copy without paying a research fee.
Just go to our website under Recording Information – Records Research, click on Locate a Document.
An appointment is RECOMMENDED prior to coming in for new passport processing. Routine service can take 10-13 weeks or longer. Expedite service can take 7-9 weeks.
Please go to ourwebpage and schedule an appointment for passports, park passes, marriage licenses, dog licenses, and recordings with us. If you do not have an appointment, you may be asked to wait if we are with someone that has scheduled an appointment.