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Its fall, so watch your mail for property tax bill

Some areas of Washington County see increases

There are two things certain to land in your mailbox every fall: A bundle of holiday catalogs and your property tax bill.

Washington County property owners will begin seeing their tax statement for this year in the mail during the last week of the month.

The county's Department of Assessment and Taxation will mail the statements Oct. 25.

Taxes are due Nov. 15 to be eligible for a discount. They also can be paid in installments.

This year's statements account for $610.4 million in taxes that will fund 47 taxing districts, including county services, the cities and schools. The amount of taxes increased 8 percent this year, adding $44.9 million.

The increase is largely due to $21.8 million that will be collected for the last year of the Beaverton School District's three-year local option levy. The district covers about 46 percent of the tax accounts in the county. The district's levy rate is $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Other levy changes affecting this year's tax bills include expired levies in the Portland School District and the city of North Plains. Districts with new levies this year include King City's levy for police services and Tualatin's bond for library and park improvements.

About 74,000 taxpayers will receive tax statements that decreased or increased by less than 3 percent compared with last year. Roughly 50,000 accounts have tax increases between 3 percent and 10 percent. Another 44,000 accounts increased by more than 10 percent.

There were about 9,000 new accounts this year.