Property tax payments are Nov. 15, 2019, Multnomah County offers discounts, online payment options

October 17, 2019

Multnomah County has begun mailing about 300,000 real and personal property tax statements and value notices to property owners. Property owners should receive statements from the Multnomah County Division of Assessment, Recording and Taxation by Oct. 25.

Taxpayers who pay the full 2019 property tax by Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, or submit a payment postmarked on that date, will receive a 3 percent discount. Taxpayers who pay two-thirds of the 2019 property tax by Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, or have a payment postmarked on that date, will receive a 2 percent discount. Taxes may also be paid — without discount — in three installments due Nov. 15, 2019, Feb. 18, 2020, and May 15, 2020.  Please drop your mailed payments early to avoid any problems with postmarking at the post office.

You can pay your taxes: 

  • In person at the Multnomah County Division of Assessment, Record and Taxation Office, located at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Tax payments can be made on the first floor in Suite 175, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • At a dropbox outside the Division of Assessment, Record and Taxation Office in the lobby at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. You can drop your property tax check in the box and avoid the wait. When staffed, a receipt for your payment will be provided. 

  • At the library Multnomah County staff will be available to take your tax payments at three Multnomah County libraries on the last three days to pay. Staff will be able to take a check or credit/debit card payments at these locations. No cash payments can be accepted at the library locations. Locations are as follows:

  • By phone at 1-877-542-5990 or online (credit/debit card or e-check) at www.multcotax.org (third-party fees apply). All forms of payment are accepted in person, but third-party fees will apply to credit card payments.

  • By mail, by sending a check to P.O. Box 2716, Portland, Oregon 97208-2716. 

  •   At these Library locations from Nov. 13-15 from opening to 3:30 p.m.

 Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave., Gresham, OR 97030.

Capitol Hill Library, 10723 Capitol Hwy.,  Portland, OR 97219.            

North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97214.

For specific property account information (values, taxes, balances due, etc.), please visit www.multcoproptax.org.

During this time, payments will take longer than normal to post. We appreciate your patience as we work to process all of your tax payments. If your payment has not been processed by Dec. 1, give us a call.

Remember, all Multnomah County offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in observance of Veterans Day.

Questions about your statement?

Included in the envelope with your statement is a property tax statement guide which explains many aspects of the statement, ways to pay, and other information. This year that document is available on our website in six languages other than English. Go to multco.us/tax-statement to find those translated guides.

Is your statement yellow?

This means another party has requested your bill (mortgage company, Oregon Department of Revenue, etc). We encourage you to check with them before paying your bill.

Countywide, taxes increase just over 4 percent from 2018

In Oregon, property taxes are determined based on voter-approved Measure 5, Measure 47 and Measure 50. The taxes are calculated using the assessed value, which generally increases 3 percent per year on properties. Exceptions apply for new construction. 

Property taxes support 69 local government taxing districts in Multnomah County with differing boundaries. As a result, individual tax rates may increase based on bonds or levies approved by voters in a particular area, and they also can decrease if bonds or levies expire. Here is a list of 2019 Bonds and Levies Summary (141.36 KB) .The taxing districts include school districts and local government agencies including cities, Metro, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and fire, water and special assessment districts. As a taxing district, Multnomah County retains about 24 cents of every dollar collected. The remainder is distributed to other taxing districts. 

The total of all property taxes and special assessments to be collected for all districts in Multnomah County is $1.947 billion for the 2019 tax year, an increase of 4.41 percent from $1.865 billion in 2018.  

More information on property taxes in Oregon is available from the Oregon Department of Revenue on the property tax page.

How to appeal your property tax:

In Oregon, taxes are calculated on the lesser of Maximum Assessed Value or Real Market Value. The result is called Assessed Value. Taxpayers may appeal the Real Market Value and/or the Assessed Value of their property with the Board of Property Tax Appeals through Dec. 31, 2019.

The Board hears appeals beginning in February 2020 and through April 15, 2020. Call 503-988-3326 to receive a petition for an appeal, or a brochure that outlines the appeal process. Additional forms and information are available at www.multcotax.org or 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 175, Portland.