Clatsop County needs volunteers to help decide appeals of property taxes. The board of property tax appeals hears petitions from taxpayers seeking to decrease their real market or assessed property values. The board also considers requests to excuse penalties for late filings of real or personal property returns.

The board of commissioners makes appointments to a pool from which the county clerk selects three people to serve on the board of property tax appeals. Training is provided. The committee holds several daytime meetings beginning the first Monday in February to hear petitions. The committee adjourns no later than April 15 of each year.

The current opening is for a term ending June 30, 2009.

Application forms for the appointment are available from the Clatsop County Manager's Office, 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, or call (503) 325-1000. Applications must be completed and turned in by Sept. 22 to be considered.