First-half property taxes are due today. Cowlitz County Treasurer Kathy Hanks says that her office will be open today from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to accept payments; payments can also be mailed, but they must be postmarked today to be valid. You can also make those payments on-line or by phone; to make an on-line payment, go to officialpayments.com, and use Jurisdiction Code 5608. To pay by phone, call 1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829), and use that same Jurisdiction Code, 5608. The Cowlitz County Treasurer is located in the County Administration Building at 207 North 4th in Kelso; call 577-3060 if you have other questions.