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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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5. My taxes keep going up. What can the city do about property taxes?

Like rising rents, property tax rates are putting a heavy financial burden on many Portland households. This was expressed several times during the community forums by homeowners living in North and Northeast Portland. 

State law caps property tax rates so that they can’t increase more than 3% each year – but voter-approved bonds and levies, which help support our schools, parks, and libraries, can increase what a homeowner might pay in taxes over and above that cap. Those increases, however, are decided by voters and not by city or county government. 

The state offers property tax deferral and relief programs to seniors and those with disabilities. Click here to find out if you or someone you know might be eligible.