Ballots mailed for Nov. election

Ballots for the Nov. 5 general election were mailed last Wednesday (Oct. 16), the Okanogan County Auditor’s office reported.

If you have not received your ballot by Friday (Oct. 25), contact the Auditor’s Office at (509) 422-7240.

The Auditor’s Office, at 149 Third Ave. N. in Okanogan, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Election Day from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Voters can drop off voted ballots, obtain replacement ballots, or take advantage of disability access voting units.

The county has three drop boxes for ballots, which will be open until 8 p.m. on Election Day. They are at the Tonasket City Hall/Library Complex, 209 S. Whitcomb Ave.; next to the Omak Police Station, 8 N. Ash; and in the Pateros Mall.

Mailed ballots must have sufficient first class postage (46 cents) and must be postmarked by Election Day. Ballots must be signed when they are returned.

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If you are not currently registered in Washington state, you can appear in person at the Auditor’s Office until Oct. 28 to register.


PUD budget workshops scheduled

The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) is holding public meetings about its proposed $61.7 million budget for 2014.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the meeting will cover the section of the budget dealing with regular operations and maintenance.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the meeting will focus on the section of the budget dealing with the Enloe Dam project.

For next year, the PUD has budgeted $3 million for the Pateros-Twisp transmission line, and $5.4 million for Enloe Dam near Oroville.

The meetings are at the PUD’s headquarters in Okanogan at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the PUD at (509) 422-3310.


Property taxes due Oct. 31

The second half of Okanogan County property tax payments and irrigation assessments for 2013 is due and must be postmarked by Thursday (Oct. 31) for taxpayers who pay in two installments.

Payments can be made in person or by check to the Okanogan County treasurer. Checks should be mailed to the Okanogan County treasurer at P.O. Box 111, Okanogan, WA 98840, or delivered in person to the treasurer’s office in Okanogan at 149 N. Third Ave., Room 201. The treasurer’s office does not accept debit or credit cards at the counter.

People can pay by credit card via (1-800-272-9829), where a processing fee of $25 per $1,000 will be added. For credit card payments, taxpayers will need to provide the jurisdiction number (5633), parcel number, type of payment, and amount owed.

Interest and penalties begin accruing on Nov. 1 for any taxes not received by the deadline.

Call the treasurer’s office at (509) 422-7180 or visit its website at for more information.

Information about exemptions for seniors or disabled persons is available from the county assessor at (509) 422-7190.