Welcome to the Kittitas County Treasurer's office
Deanna Panattoni is the Kittitas County Treasurer.
The County Treasurer holds a key position of public trust in the financial affairs
of local government. Acting as the "bank" for the county, school districts,
fire districts, water districts and other units of local government, the treasurer's
office receipts, disburses, invests and accounts for the funds of each of these
entities. In addition, the treasurer is charged with the collection of various taxes
that benefit a wide range of governmental units.
The responsibilities of the treasurer are as follows:
- Receipting of Funds
- As the depository for all funds, fees collected by other county offices as well
as those collected by the various districts, are forwarded to the treasurer for
custody. State and federal monies allocated to local governments are transmitted
to the treasurer and are deposited to the proper funds in accordance with current
statutes. Monthly reports are prepared to show the accounting transactions by fund
for each unit of government.
- Collection of Taxes
- No treasurer shall accept tax payments or issue receipts for the same until the
treasurer has completed the tax roll for the current year's collection and provided
notification of the completion of the roll. Notification may be accomplished electronically,
by posting a notice in the office, or through other written communication as determined
by the treasurer. Under state law, they are considered payable at that time but
may be paid in one-half installments with first-half due no later than April 30
and second-half due no later than October 31 if the tax is $50 or greater--any tax
or assessment under $50 is due in full.
The treasurer conducts an annual tax foreclosure sale on properties which have three
years delinquent taxes or assessments.
- Disbursement of Funds
- The treasurer redeems all school, county and district warrants from monies available
in the fund upon which they were drawn. If a fund has insufficient monies, each
warrant is registered and interest charges begin to accrue. Then as monies become
available, those warrants are called for redemption in the order of their issuance.
- Investment of Funds
- Fund managers for different units of local government provide written authorization
for the county treasurer to invest monies not required for immediate expenditure.
The treasurer then places these monies in legally authorized investments for the
benefit of the specific units of local governments.
- Miscellaneous Duties
- Bond sales authorized by the county and school or other local districts are coordinated
with the treasurer. A detailed record is kept of every bond and its principal and
interest payments. The treasurer also conducts the sale of all county surplus items.
In Kittitas County the county treasurer's office handles the monies for the
- Seven School Districts
- Eight Fire Districts
- Five Water Districts
- One Sewer District
- Two Hospital Districts
- One Cemetery District
- One Irrigation District
- Sixty-Three County Funds
- One P.U.D. District
- Eight Weed Districts
- Five Cities
- Forty State Funds
- One Soil Conservation District
Kittitas County has approximately 37,000 Real Property parcels, 2,400 Personal Property
parcels, and 700 State-Assessed property parcels. Additionally, in 2011, the Treasurers
Office processed statements for 2,850 Irrigation District accounts, 113 Road Improvement
District accounts, and 99 Utility Local Improvement District accounts.
The duties of the county treasurer are many and varied, each requiring the efficient
and reliable handling of public funds. With responsibilities extending beyond the
scope of county operations, the county treasurer plays a key fiduciary role in the
operation of the local government.