Marion County property owners should have received their tax statements, or expect to receive their statements soon.
Marion County Assessor Tom Rohlfing certified the 2021-22 property tax roll on Oct. 12, and tax statements were mailed out about a week later.
Rohlfing said as of Jan. 1, 2021, real-market value â€“ the amount that could reasonably expected to be paid -- of property countywide increased 7.3% from the previous year, estimated to be $57.2 billion.
The increase is largely attributed to escalating values of residences and residential land located in the county's cities and towns. Residential property in the county increased 4.89% to $25.5 billion from 2020 to 2021.
Meanwhile, the total value of rural property, including acreage, homes, farms and forest lands, increased 1.92% to a real-market value of $11.99 billion. Commercial and industrial properties showed steady growth with a real-market value of $15.98 billion, a 10.84% hike.
Measure 50, which was passed by Oregon voters in 1997, limits property tax rates and assessed values. Rohlfing noted that some Marion County homeowners will experience significantly smaller tax increases due to it.
"The typical unchanged home will experience only a 3% increase in assessed value no matter where they are located in the county," Rohlfing noted. "However, changes in tax rates due to new or expiring bonds will significantly affect owners in selected communities."
Some examples cited: Saint Paul will see tax increase of about 9% due to new St. Paul Rural Fire Protection District Local Option Levy; Stayton will see a tax increase of about 5% due to the new Library Local Option Levy and the new Recreation Local Option Levy.
Assessed values countywide grew by 4.15% to $28.765 billion, which is over 52.45% of the collective real-market value.
"A big factor in the gap between market and assessed values, of course, is due to the Measure 50 limit of 3% annual growth in the maximum assessed value of unchanged property," Rohlfing said."However, 13,275 properties receive sharply reduced assessed values and taxes due to farm or forest special assessment, and 17,054 properties receive full or partial tax exemptions."
Total tax collectibles for the 2021-22 tax year is $492,920,488.64.
Marion County property taxes benefit schools, the community college, and educational service districts, which receive 45.77% of the total. Cities receive 22.55%, the county government 17.21%, and fire districts 6.64%. Urban renewal districts receive about 3.34%.
Rohlfing encourages property owners to promptly review their tax statement for accuracy, checking for correct ownership, mailing, and location addresses. The Marion County Assessor's Office provides a wide array of information on its website, including more detailed information about how each property is assessed.
The property records portion of the Assessor's Office website allows people to search multiple ways, including a map search tool to help locate properties.
Taxes are due by November 15, 2021, to receive the 3% discount and avoid interest charges.
Property owners with questions should call Marion County Assessor's Office at 503-588-5144.
For online information, visit www.co.marion.or.us/AO and navigate to "Quick Links" and "Property Records."
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