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Sandy area sees 3 percent rise in property taxes

According to the annual report released last week by the Clackamas County Tax Assessor's Office, county citizens will be paying $21 million more in property taxes this year than they did last year.

While most areas throughout the county experienced the standard 3 percent tax increase under Measure 50, some areas will experience higher or lower rates, depending on local levies and bonds.

The city of Sandy and the unincorporated communities of Boring and Welches will all see property taxes increase by 3 percent during the 2006-07 fiscal year. Last year, taxes decreased in Boring and Welches by 2 percent and increased 1 percent in Sandy due to the end of the Oregon Trail School District bond.

Under Measure 50, taxes typically increase about 3 percent a year unless there are significant improvements to the property (new construction) or new voter-approved money measures.

For more information, call the County Assessor's Office at 503-655-8302, or attend one of the assessor's town hall meetings. The Mount Hood area meeting will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Doorman (Hoodland) Community Center, 25400 E. Salmon River Road in Welches. The Sandy meeting will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Taxes rise (from 2005 to 2006)

COUNTYWIDE: 4.7 percent rise ($473,731,087, an increase of 4.7 percent over last year's total of $452,553,644.)

BORING: increase, 3 percent

SANDY: increase, 3 percent

WELCHES: increase, 3 percent