Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

Here is an in depth guide to help you understand what is on your property tax statement.

Please return the lower portion of your tax bill(s) with your payment and use the enclosed envelope with the appropriate postage. Write your account number(s) on the front of your check to ensure proper credit. Your cancelled check is your receipt. The upper portion of the tax statement should be kept for your records.

  • Payment for property taxes must be credited to the earliest year for which the taxes are due on the property for which the payment is being made.
  • The due date for property tax payments is Nov. 15, unless it falls on a weekend then the next business day .
  • Please mail early to ensure you receive the discount and avoid interest.

What Your Statement Means

Property tax statement example

  1. Key property data
    Property address, legal description and account number
    Please have this info available when contacting Assessment & Taxation.
  2. Ownership and mailing address
    If the mailing address on your statement is incorrect or has changed, please check the box on the front of your payment stub and write the correct or changed address on the back. Or you may notify us of the change via email at propertytaxinfo@clackamas.us or letter. By Oregon law, it is the property owner's responsibility to inform the Assessor of any address changes.
  3. Real market and Assessed (taxable) Property Value
    Real Market Value (RMV) is the county assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property as of Jan. 1, of the current year. Under Measure 50,
    Assessed Value is the lower of the RMV and Maximum Assessed Value (MAV). Learn more about RMV, MAV and AV.
  4. Taxing districts
    Your tax statement shows the taxes imposed for each of the districts where your property is located. Each district collects a permanent tax rate for ongoing services plus any voter-approved taxes. Measure 5 requires levies to fall into three categories:
    1. Education taxes
    2. General government taxes
    3. Bond taxes authorized by voters
  5. Yellow or green statement?
    If your tax statement is yellow...
    Receiving a yellow tax statement means a lender requested information and may pay your property tax. Call your lender if you have any questions about who is responsible for payment. Please keep this statement for your records and do not pay with this statement if your lender pays your property taxes.
    If you receive a green statement...
    Receiving a green tax statement means a lender did not request information to pay your property taxes. Call your lender if you think they are responsible to pay. Please keep this statement for your records. To receive a discount and avoid interest, taxes are due Nov. 15.
  6. Payment options and due dates
    Learn about ways to pay and discount options.
  7. Delinquent taxes
    The amount of tax/interest owed from previous years. Taxes identified with an asterisk (*) may result in property foreclosure if not paid. Payments will be applied to the oldest tax year first.
  8. Total taxes due (after discount)
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