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Washington Co. property tax bills in the mail

While most property owners will have a 3 percent increase, some will hit more than 5 percent

Washington County property tax statements are being sent out starting today, Oct. 17, and continuing through Oct. 25.

What should the county’s 190,000 property owners expect to find in their mailboxes?

Here are the basics, released today by the Washington County Department of Assessment and Taxation:

This year’s property tax statements account for $916 million, which will pay for the services outlined below, provided by 65 local taxing districts. This is an increase of 4.4 percent, or $39 million, over last year.

For 2014, the average assessed value of a single-family residential property is $236,301 and the average real market value (RMV) is $317,915.

The assessed value of most properties will increase 3 percent, according to the value limitation passed by voters in 1997. However, certain changes to property such as new construction, subdivisions and rezoning may increase assessed value.

This year, the average property tax dollar breaks down in the following manner:

*16.58 cents for county government services (public safety, road improvement, libraries, elections, public health etc.)

*31.37 cents for neighborhood services provided by cities and special districts (police, fire protection, parks and water, Urban Road Maintenance District, Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District and Urban Renewal projects.)

*49.15 cents for education (K-12, Portland Community College, Education Service District)

*2.9 cents for regional services (Metro, Tri-Met and Port of Portland).

Approximately 128,500 accounts will have tax increases between 0 and 5 percent;

41,500 increased more than 5 percent; 14,000 will have a tax decrease.

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