The Oregon Constitution allows the Legislature to set up a system to finance urban renewal. This law gives each city and county the ability to activate an urban renewal agency with the power to propose and act on plans and projects to remove "blight." Examples of blight include buildings that are unsafe or unfit for occupancy or the existence of inadequate streets. The area where the work is to be done is known as a "plan area."
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The Assessor assigns a Real Market Value (RMV) to every property in the county. With the implementation of Measure 50 there is no longer a pre-established cycle for reappraisal. Statistical indicators from a variety of sources, including information derived from sales verifications, provide the basis for changes made to various market areas throughout the county. However, properties that have changed and new construction are appraised for the appropriate assessment year to reflect the changes.
Your taxes are calculated on the Assessed Value (AV) of your property. The AV is the lower of the RMV and the Maximum Assessed Value (MAV).
Improvements are houses, garages, sheds, fences, and other types of structures.
Property taxes are based on a tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate is comprised of several different taxing districts that vary depending on the location of your property. Each district has an individual tax rate and the consolidated tax rate combines the rates for the various taxing districts in that area.
Your property is in two different code areas and has been split for tax purposes only. Part of your property may be in a fire district, within city limits or even different school districts. A comparison of the two statements will show the different districts in which your property is located.
Address changes must be made in writing and signed by the owner of record. You may call the office at 541-440-4222 and request an address change form, print one from our website or put all pertinent information in a letter and mail to our office.
The situs address is assigned by the Planning Department. Please contact them at 541-440-4289 for assistance.
You can record a deed from yourself (old last name) to yourself (new last name) or you can fill out an owner request form from our office and we will add your new last name to the account. However, we will also show your previous last name, as that was the name used at the time the property was acquired.
Bring in a copy of the death certificate to our office or have an original copy filed with the Clerk’s office. Call the Clerk’s office at 541-440-4324.
Ownership is generally changed via a document recorded with the County Clerk’s office. Call the Clerk’s office at 541-440-4324 for more information. We receive copies of those recordings and identify the property being transferred from the legal description on the deed and check the title of record with the new document. Allow approximately four weeks for changes to appear in our records.
Ownership can also be changed through a court action:
Urban Renewal is a way for a city or county to clean up blight.
An Urban Renewal Agency establishes a plan area and sets a frozen value for that plan area. Subsequent increases in property value are referred to as ’excess value’. The excess value is what the Urban Renewal district receives taxes on. In essence, it is a shifting of tax from other taxing districts in the plan area to Urban Renewal Agencies.
Most taxing districts are allowed to ask voters for temporary taxing authority above the permanent rate limitation. (This type of authority is not available to education service districts.) This authority is known as "local option taxes." Local option taxes are limited to five years for operations and 10 years for capital construction purposes.