Multnomah County property taxes up 8%, owners owe $2.2B
If you own property in Multnomah County, it's time to pay up.
Officials say more than 300,000 property tax statements should have landed in mailboxes on Monday, Nov. 1 — and the bill comes due just two week later, on Nov. 15.
While property taxes typically rise at least 3% per year, with exceptions for new construction, the county expects to slurp up $2.218 billion in tax year 2021, a jump of 8.38% from its $2.047 billion haul in 2020.
That's because the 3% cap on assessed value, which was set by voters who approved two ballot measures in the 1990s, doesn't account for the 64 local government taxing districts spread across the county.
Voters last year approved new bond measures for Portland Public Schools, the countywide library system and a city levy for Portland parks, to name just a few examples. Multnomah County itself only gets about 23 cents of every dollar collected, according to a news release.
The county highlights that state law sets the deadline for property tax payments and requires late fees for delinquents.
"Multnomah County recognizes that many in our community have been experiencing unprecedented economic challenges due to the impacts of COVID-19," the county said in a statement. "Multnomah County does not have the statutory authority to extend the payment deadline, nor waive interest charges on late property tax payments."
With that in mind, property owners can receive a 3% discount by paying in full by Nov. 15.
Taxes can be paid online using an electronic check at proptax.multco.us, by phone at 1-833-610-5715, at several 24-hour drop boxes, by mail or in-person at the county headquarters, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., in Portland.
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