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Property Taxes in West Linn

Did you know that it is actually Clackamas County Assessment and Taxation who administers property tax calculations, billing, and collections for residents and businesses in the City of West Linn?

Did you know that the portion of your taxes that goes towards City of West Linn services is about 13 percent of the total?

To better understand your property tax bill, the County has a helpful webpage specifically on this topic at: http://web3.co.clackamas.or.us/taxstatements/

Background on Assessed Value

Property taxes in Oregon, ever since Measure 50 passed in 1995-96, are based upon a lower assessed value and are not affected by home values. The average assessed value on a West Linn home this year is tracking at approximately 91% of the average home value (after two years of declines in estimated real market values within city limits). As assessed values which are controlled by Measure 50 still increased marginally, the City continues to expect to receive its estimated amount of property taxes that were originally budgeted.

History of City’s Low Permanent Property Tax Rate

Two serial levies were in place for the City of West Linn in fiscal years 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1996-97. Both of these serial levies expired before the Measure 50 permanent property tax rates were established. Hence, neither of these two serial levies rolled into the permanent rate for the City of West Linn. Later, West Linn voters approved two local option levies in March 1997 which replaced the two serial levies; however, this election was too late for the permanent rate calculation which occurred in late 1996. Today, the permanent property tax rate for the City of West Linn is at $2.12 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value, the lowest property tax rate for cities in the surrounding area.

Below is a summary sheet relating City of West Linn property taxes for your review.