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SPONSORED CONTENT: City Councilor Sue Piazza writes this column to provide insights about the history, amenities and local government of the Gresham community.

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   -    Did you know that the taxes you pay on your Oregon Property tax statement goes to more than just the City of Gresham? Numerous people have asked me why the city continues to talk about being underfunded when our property taxes are so high. We will talk another time about the funding in the city, but today I would like to explain where the money you pay on your tax bill goes. I'll give you an example from an actual property tax statement of a home in the Gresham Barlow School district with a net assessed value of $343,280 and a property tax bill of $6,497.08.

State mandated education taxes

• MT HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE- $160.83

• MULTNOMAH ESD- $149.67

• GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 10- $1,553.96

The total of this section for education is 29% of the bill.

County Government

• MULTNOMAH COUNTY- $1,420.63

The total for Multnomah County is 22% of the bill.

Voter approved bonds

• GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT No.10 BONDS — $991.70

• METRO BONDS — $129.55

• MULTNOMAH COUNTY BONDS — $204.29

The total for this section is 20% of the bill.

City assessment

• CITY OF GRESHAM — $1,181.71

The total for the City of Gresham is 18% of the bill.

The following make up the rest of the bill

• MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY — $399.03

• URBAN RENEWAL GESHAM — $168.34

• METRO LOC OPT — $32.95

• EAST MULT SOIL & WATER CD-GOV — $32.71

• METRO — $31.62

• PORT OF PORTLAND — $22.93

• MULT CO HISTORICAL SOCIETY LOC OPT — $17.16

The total of this section is 11% of the bill.

As you can see from the tax bill, this individual living in Gresham paid roughly $1,300 to the City of Gresham in property taxes. Despite having a property tax bill of $6,497. Again, just over 20% of those monies went directly to the City of Gresham.

And, with that $1,300 collected, the city uses those funds to pay for things like police, fire, parks, roads, sewer, water, and other essential services. Property taxes are a primary source for local governments to generate revenue. But as you can see from the figures above, most of the cost of our property tax bill is driven by other districts, entities or bonds.


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