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Residents should expect to pay more taxes

Levies account for Beaverton area's higher property tax rates


Property tax bills are going up an average of 7.3 percent this year in Washington County.

The increase is based on several factors. They include a 7 percent increase in Real Market Value in the county, which pushed the Assessed Value of some properties above the state-allowed 3 percent increases.

“Real Market Value went up for the first time in five years, which is a sign the real estate market is recovering. It went down for the previous five years,” said Rich Hobernicht, director of the Department of Assessment and Taxation for the county.

Voter-approved tax measures are also pushing up the bills. The biggest is the local option levy approved in the Beaverton School District, which includes both the city of Beaverton and much of the unincorporated area in the county. Another new measure is the five-year Metro levy to maintain the natural areas owned by the elected regional government. The renewal of the Enhanced Washington County Sheriff’s Patrol District also adds to the list.

The increases vary among the approximately 168,000 property tax accounts in the county, however. About 90,000 accounts will see increases topping 5 percent, around 78,000 accounts will see increases of less than 5 percent, and some 15,700 will see decreases.

The largest increases are within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Large increases also occurred in the Grant neighborhood of Hillsboro, Garden Home neighborhood and the Dakota neighborhood of Tigard, and most neighborhoods in Beaverton.

“If you live in the Beaverton School District or the unincorporated areas of the county, your taxes are likely to go up, but it’s really a property by property thing,” said Hobernicht.

Property owners have several payment options. Taxes may be paid in three installments due Nov. 15, Feb. 15 and May 15. Full payments by Nov. 15 qualify for a 3 percent discount. A two-thirds payment by Nov. 15 qualifies for a 2 percent discount. Payments must be postmarked by Nov. 15 to receive a discount.

The county will also accept credit card payments online, by phone at 1-888-510-9274, or at the Assessment and Taxation office in the Public Service Building, 155 N. First Avenue, Suite 130, Hillsboro.

Tax statements to be mailed out next week total $877 million, an increase of $59.5 million from last year.

At the same time, taxing districts are unable to collect $19.3 million in voter-approved property taxes because of restrictions in the state’s complex property tax relief system known as “compression.” That’s up from $9.3 million last year, with most of the increase in the Beaverton School District.

The taxes are collected by 49 local taxing districts, including cities, special districts, schools, regional governments and the county itself. This year the average property tax dollar in Washington County breaks down as follows: 17.3 cents for county services, including public safety, road improvements, libraries, elections, and public health; 31.4 cents for neighborhood services provided by cities and special districts, including police, fire protection, parks and water, urban road maintenance, enhanced sheriff’s patrol and urban renewal projects; 48.4 cents for education, including K-12, Portland Community College, and Education Service Districts; and 2.9 cents for regional services provided by Metro, Tri-Met and the Port of Portland.

Property owners who do not receive a tax statement by Nov. 1 should call the Tax Collections Office at 503-846-8801.

Property owners concerned that their Assessed Value or Real Market Value is too high should call the Appraisal Division at 503-846-8826 to discuss the basis for their property’s appraisal. Appeals of value may be filed from Oct. 26 until Dec. 31. Information pertaining to the appeal process is available on the back of the tax statement and the Assessment and Taxation page on the county website, co.washington.or.us.



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