Have a Direct Voice in Decisions:
Join a Citizen Advisory Committee!
Our citizen committees play important roles in advising the Board of Commissioners and county departments on a variety of issues. Commission members are volunteers appointed by the county commissioners.
Serving on a citizen advisory committee is a great way to participate in decisions that affect you and to learn more about how your local government works.
To be considered for appointment to any of these committees, please request an application form and mail it to the County Manager's Office, 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria, OR 97103, or call (503) 325-1000. Or you can use this link for a printable application to fill out and mail in or drop off. If you are interested in applying for the Board of Property Tax Appeals, click here for an application.
Board of Property Tax Appeals
Hears petitions for reduction of real market or assessed values of property as of July 1, considers applications to excuse penalties, reviews the Assessor’s Certified Ratio Study. Usually meets between February and April each year.
Responsible for reviewing, with the county commissioners, the proposed budget prepared by the county administrator. Charged by law with recommending budget to Board of Commissioners. Usually meets in April and May.
Clatsop County Housing Authority
Analyzes housing needs of low-income persons of the county, develops plans and selects and implements specific housing programs and projects to meet those needs. Meets once a month.
Commission on Children and Families
Charged by state law with promoting the well being of children and families. Assesses needs, develops plan to meet those needs, assists in meeting the needs through resource allocation and collaboration with other agencies. Usually meets once a month during the day.
4-H and Extension Service Advisory Council
Cooperates with OSU Extension Service and county Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing and evaluating Extension programs to meet local needs. Meets quarterly.
Responsible for the exclusive management of the fairgrounds and organizes the annual county fair. Meets one evening a month.
Human Services Advisory Committee
Advises the Board of County Commissioners on developmental disabilities, mental health and alcohol and drug abuse services. The committee meets every other month to identify needs, establish priorities for publicly funded services and assist in selection of service providers, evaluate services and provide a link to the public through advocacy and education.
Northwest Oregon Housing Authority
Owns and manages housing for low- and moderate-income people, administers various federal housing assistance programs in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties. Usually meets once a month. Location rotates among the counties.
Advises Board of Commissioners on land-use planning, conducts land-use hearings, implements county’s zoning and comprehensive plan. Usually meets once a month, all day.
Public Safety Coordinating Council
Develops and recommends to the Board of Commissioners a comprehensive local corrections program for both adults and juveniles, coordinates local criminal justice policy. Meets once a month.
Recreation Lands Planning Advisory Committee
Assists in developing long-range plans for county parks, formulating amendments to the recreation lands element of the county’s comprehensive land-use plan. Meets once a month.
Rural Law Enforcement District Advisory Committee
Elected by district voters to provide input to sheriff and county commissioners on service levels, enforcement priorities and general operation of district. Meets three times a year.
Southwest Coastal Citizens Advisory Committee
Evaluates all construction design review applications for Arch Cape area submitted to the county planning department. Meets twice a month.
Westport Sewer Service District Advisory Committee
Advises Board of Commissioners on operation of district, including sewer rates and changes in boundaries. Meets as needed.