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Frequently Asked Questions - Assessor
The Property Tax Statement

Q: My taxes went up more than 3%. Why?

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A: There are a few common reasons why you may be paying more in 2010 than in 2009. The rates for each code area are shown below:

 

 

TAX CODE AREA Rates per $1000 of Assessed Value TAX CODE AREA Rates per $1000 of Assessed Value
2009 2010 2009 2010
1 14.4349 13.9201 9 8.1124 7.5900
2 10.0792 10.0881

10

5.9603 5.9613
3 8.1124 7.5900 11 8.8368 8.8378
4 8.1922 8.1833 14 8.4890 8.4900
5 5.9603 5.9613 15 12.2828 12.2914
6 7.5455 7.5465 16 14.4349 13.9201
7 8.1124 ******* 18 11.5415 11.5888
8 5.9603 ******* 19 9.3096 9.3668

 

2. Special assessments are taxes in addition to the tax rates. They include state fire patrol, irrigation district assessments, omitted property in prior years, and delinquent sewer charges among others. These charges change from year to year on a property to property basis. Every year the Oregon Department of Forestry sets the assessment for protection of privately owned forestland. The assessment per acre of forestland has increased from $1.2842 per acre in 2009 to $1.4634 per acre this year. The minimum charged for any lot or parcel is $18.75. All properties included in the forest protection district that are classified as “improved” will be levied with a surcharge of $47.50. This surcharge was not changed from last year. It is important to remember that the surcharge for State Fire Patrol does not provide protection for the improvements on the property.

 

3. You may have had new construction on your property. Your home may have been assessed on Jan. 1, 2009 as partially complete and later completed in 2009. This year’s assessment date of Jan. 1, 2010 reflects the completion of the construction. Subdivisions, generally reflect much lower value in the first year of their creation but are reassessed, according to Oregon statute, in the second year as construction begins or is completed.



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Q: Everything I read says that property prices have stagnated or dropped. Why did my taxes go up?

A: Did you know that in almost all cases your assessed value has no relationship with changes in market value?   Assessed value for most property is below real market value.  For unchanged properties assessed value will typically grow at 3 percent each year.  Only if real market value drops below last year’s assessed value plus 3 percent will you have a lower assessed value.


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Q: My tax bill shows “Improvements” and I didn’t do anything to my property this year. What are improvements?

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Improvements are the existing alterations that have been made to vacant land over time. Your house, shed, carport, or asphalt and stone-work would all be included as improvements to your property. It does not mean that you have necessarily made any changes in the current year.



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Q: Why do I get more than one tax bill? I own everything on the property

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You may get multiple tax bills if you have a property which is divided between taxing district boundaries or if you have a property which has a portion of the acreage in a rural fire protection district. It is also possible that there is a personal property manufactured structure on your property that has its own tax account.



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Q: What if I want to challenge the value the assessor has placed on my property?

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Up until December 7th, 2010 you may fill out a “Request for Review” form and we will review the value placed on your property. An appraiser may explain how we arrive at market value. If you are not satisfied with the results of that review you may appeal to the Board of Property Tax Appeals by January 3, 2011. However, unless new improvements were added, no change in the tax will occur unless the real market value is adjusted below the maximum assessed value.



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