2018-2019 Lane County Property Tax Statements available online, to be mailed soon

2018-2019 Lane County Property Tax Statements available online, to be mailed soon
Posted on 10/15/2018

Lane County taxpayers will receive their 2018-2019 property tax statements beginning on October 19, 2018. Statements are available online now, as well as information about the county value trends, levy changes, and individual property tax account information, at www.lanecounty.org/AT. The first payment is due on November 15, 2018.

 

Lane County Assessment and Taxation collects property tax on behalf of 85 separate taxing districts, including cities, schools, education service districts, water districts, rural fire districts, urban renewal districts and other taxing districts such as park and recreation, library and ambulance districts.

 

The total property tax certified for all tax levies combined in 2018-19 is $548.5 million. This is approximately 6.3 percent more than in 2017. The total amount of taxes billed changes each year as a result of the addition of new or renewed local option and bond levies, the expiration of local option and bond levies, the 3 percent statutory increase in Maximum Assessed Values (MAV), the addition of new properties to the tax roll, the number of exemptions granted, and the number of properties being taxed on their lower market values instead of their Measure 50 MAV.

 

Lane County’s January 1, 2018 Real Market Value (RMV) increased to $62 billion from $57.6 billion, an overall increase of approximately 7.6 percent from January 1, 2017.

 

The total taxable value for all properties combined in Lane County increased by 4.3 percent over last year, from $32.8 billion in 2017 to $34.2 billion in 2018. Additionally, 5 percent of residential properties in Lane County now have a market value below their Measure 50 MAV which is down from 6 percent in 2017.

 

Most properties will continue to see the 3 percent statutory increase in their MAV. On average, residential property owners will pay tax on 70 percent of their RMV in 2018.

 

Oregon’s constitution limits the increase in MAV of each property to 3 percent per year, unless there have been changes made to the property, such as new construction or additions, new partitions or subdivisions, removal from special assessment or exemption programs, or changes in zoning and use of the property.


There are over 179,000 property tax accounts in Lane County consisting of: 54.4 percent Residential/Tract; 16.6 percent Exempt; 9.8 percent Commercial; 5.9 percent Industrial; 4.2 percent Farm/ Forest; 4.6 percent Multi-Family; and 4.5 percent Business Personal Property, Utilities and Other.

 

Property values for tax purposes are set only once a year at the time of certification. Certification occurred for the 2018-2019 tax roll on October 5, 2018. Oregon does not reset property values at the time of sale as in California, nor does it reset property values for tax purposes at the time of a refinanced loan.

The 2018-19 tax statement reflects a property’s RMV as of January 1, 2018. This is based on the January 1, 2017 RMV compared to 2017 sale prices which showed an overall median RMV increase of

9.7 percent for a typical house value.

 

Market value changes for individual properties will vary each year due to many factors including the general real estate market, property location and changes made to the property such as new additions, remodels, or demolition.

 

Voters in the past year have approved changes to the tax levies and bond rates which are then applied to a property’s Assessed Value (AV). However, Oregon’s constitution limits the total tax rate that can be billed to an individual property to no more than $10 per $1,000 of market value for government and $5 per $1,000 of market value for schools. These limits do not apply to bonds.

 

If a taxpayer believes his or her property’s market value is incorrect, the taxpayer should first contact Lane County Assessment and Taxation. Taxpayers have the right to appeal to the Board of Property Tax Appeals through the Deeds and Records Division of the County Clerk’s Office. The Board of Property Tax Appeals has the authority to reduce market value when sufficient evidence is provided to demonstrate the RMV of a property was different on January 1, 2018 than what is on the tax statement. If RMV is still higher than AV, the tax payment will likely remain the same. A reduction to the value does not always result in a refund. The Board cannot grant reductions to a tax amount; it can only review a property’s value.

 

All appeals must be filed with the Lane County Deeds and Records office by December 31, 2018.

 

New and Renewed Voter Approved Tax Levies:

 

  • City of Eugene: $3.15M local option levy to be used for parks and recreation facilities operation and maintenance
  • City of Springfield: the local option levy for jail operations and police services was renewed at $1.40
  • Coburg Fire District: $0.22 local option to purchase medical, protective and training equipment and to make improvements to the fire station
  • Harrisburg School District: $8.945M bond to upgrade and expand facilities
  • Lane County: the public safety local option levy for the jail and critical youth services was renewed at$0.55.  For 2018-19 the public safety local option is being levied at $0.515
  • Lowell School District: $4M bond to finance safety improvements, renovate facilities and add classrooms
  • Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District: $750K bond for capital costs of emergency apparatus and firefighting equipment
  • Monroe School District: $6M bond to construct and improve schools
  • Oakridge School District: $6.2M bond for safety upgrades and renovations to its facilities
  • South Lane Fire Rescue: the local option levy for 24/7 paramedic ambulance services was renewed at $0.47
  • Upper McKenzie RFPD: the local option levy for continued operation was renewed at $0.50

 

Coburg Rural Fire, Creswell School and Mapleton Fire Districts all had levies that expired.

 

The insert mailed with the statements has additional information on payments, the location of payment drop boxes, appeals, and other services provided by the Department of Assessment and Taxation.