Bill Watch: $750 Property Tax Increase

Watchdog HB 3078 creates automatic tax raising machineBill watch: Property Tax Increases may cost you $750 in higher taxes
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

There are nine Property Tax increase bills that have already surfaced in the Legislature & new ones arrive weekly.   Here is the watch list: HJR 7, HJR 8, HJR 13, HJR 19, HJR 20, SJR 11, SJR 11, SJR 14 and SB 313. (Note: Most of these bills have no author).

If the Legislature kills Oregon’s two constitutional property tax caps (Measure 5 & 50) it would increase many homeowner’s tax bill by $750.00 on their home.  Depending on the plan, you could see some the tax hit immediately or will hit when you sell or buy your home.  Oregon’s property tax caps are currently protecting homeowners from over $100 million in overtaxation that exceed the constitutional tax limit.  Without our constitutional tax limit that $100 Million rock falls on our head as a homeowners.

Each bill is different as it tries different ways to weaken Measure 5 and Measure 50 constitutional tax limits and the tax hit varies greatly and by homeowners who have similar property values.   Because our limits are in the constitution the politicians must send the issue to the ballot – but remember in times past the politicians have used dictator-like authority in writing their own ballot title (something illegal for everybody else).

We fear the property tax bills to come and that the price tag may grow even higher or closer to their $100 million tax prize.  A lot remains unclear as we and others further analyze these bills and official revenue impact statements are released when these bills get hearings.  It cannot be under-stated the type of taxes that will come immediately to take advantage of the fewer tax limit protections.  This plays a role in your tax bill going up towards $750 in the near future — even if you think you are spared by smaller changes in your tax limits in the short term.

Please help us stop a $100 million property tax increase.  Make an online donation today to the Taxpayer Association of Oregon.   Your help is greatly needed.

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  • Bob Clark

    Thanks much, Jason, for the bill numbers. Actually, if you live in Multnomah County, Portland Public Schools District (PPS) and City of Portland; you can only shudder at the potential escalation in your property tax bill. The PPS area average homeowner, based on a random sample of 400 or so of these homeowners I published in the Catalyst last year, has seen their property tax bill increase between 4 and 5 percent on average per year over the last ten years and more (even with Measure 5 and 50 limits). This is twice the rate of recorded inflation per CPI, and significantly faster than growth in family incomes in Portland. In the aftermath of Sam Adams and Randy Leonard, a couple of major league public money spendthrifts and verified by City Auditor reports, the City of Portland is facing significant financial headwinds which would make its City Council more than eager to increase property tax rates if not for existing property tax limits.
    The referral-to-voter-process is no longer fair as government gets to write the ballot title; and then government employees standing to personally benefit from greater tax revenues, bring out children as props and carpet bomb the campaign airwaves and media outlets with save-the-children-and-other-various-prop-favorite ads (almost all funded with a largesse of government employee union due monies collected via the government payroll system). (p.s this is what happen in the City of Portland’s art fund tax referral this last November, but even worse: The City actually indirectly founded and funded the charities leading the campaign in favor of this new tax.)

  • leathermouth

    Where’s Bill Sizemore when you need him?

  • Just doing the Math

    What I see happening is the pitting of one neighbor against another
    as with the compression argument. IE: Why is my neighbor paying less in property taxes living in a bigger house than I am? Or the pitting of West side property owners against East side property owners. IE: Why does all the cool development happen on the West side and the East side looks like crap?

    My point is envy is a really powerful tool that will be utilized heavily
    in the campaign to overturn the much fought for property protection.
    And don’t forget the 5% sales tax that will be referred to the voters.
    (House Joint Resolution 28)

    I suggest if you would like to see how a city dies, and what it looks like
    take a youtube tour of the city of Detroit (no longer a city). The city is gone. The once wealthiest city in the US now gone.

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