Claim your Cash!

Chances are, you are one of more than three million people who have unclaimed money and assets held in trust by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The question is: what are you waiting for?

Revenue says there is no better time to check to see if you or a family member has a share of the nearly $1 billion in property waiting to be claimed. “Even if you’ve checked the website or made a claim in the past, everyone should visit the website at least once a year,” said Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson. “The list of names and money we receive grows each year.”

Revenue administers the unclaimed property program on behalf of the state of Washington. All the assets are held until the rightful owner files a claim. Revenue does not charge a fee for this service.

Unclaimed property typically includes uncashed paychecks, utility deposits, bank accounts, stocks and bonds, refunds, life insurance proceeds and safe deposit box contents. Usually, these assets have gone untouched by the owner for three or more years, and the holding company is required to report them to the state where the owner last resided.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, Revenue returned more than $68 million to 170,800 people. In that same time period, Revenue added 858,000 names and $140 million to the unclaimed property database.

To learn more about unclaimed property, watch this television clip.

All 50 states operate unclaimed property programs to reunite owners with their assets. To find links to each state’s program, visit

Quick Title Service Coming to Thurston County May 5

Thurston County Auditor’s licensing division first to offer same-day title service in South Sound. Starting Monday, May 5, residents in Thurston County will be able to get same-day vehicle and vessel title service at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Olympia.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customer service, and adding Quick Title to the services we offer was an obvious choice for us,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “This same-day title service will help anyone who is trying to complete a private sale and needs the title to do it. We’re really pleased to offer this new convenient option for our residents.”

With a typical title transaction, customers must wait four to six weeks for the title to arrive in the mail from the state Department of Licensing after they have filed the paperwork and paid all of the necessary fees. The new Quick Title service will now allow customers to walk in to the Auditor’s Office and walk out the same day with the title for a $50 fee in addition to all other necessary fees.

Since each vehicle and vessel title transaction is unique, the county’s licensing staff members encourage customers to bring all of their relevant documents with them to the Auditor’s Office. Quick Title service is not available online.

For more information, including “Quick Title Q&A,” go to the Thurston County Auditor’s Licensing Division webpages at and click on the “Licensing” tab. For Quick Title transactions and other vehicle and vessel licensing transactions, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Building One at the County Courthouse complex at 2000 Lakeridge Drive in Olympia.

Artesian Commons Grand Opening May 3

Join us for a celebration at the new Artesian Commons We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Artesian Commons on Saturday, May 3rd, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. The new park is located at 415 4th Avenue East, next to the artesian well in downtown Olympia. At 8:00 a.m. that morning, the Downtown Ambassadors Program will host a neighborhood clean-up event in preparation for the celebration. The Commons will officially open at 10:30 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Following the program, you can enjoy a cup of lemonade, listen to music from the Artesian Rumble Arkestra, play a game of checkers or chess, or have lunch from the mobile food vendors on site. We hope to see you there!

Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees Meeting April 23

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library located at 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501. The meeting is open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.