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October 23, 2013
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Douglas County's property tax bill increases

Some 77,673 bills were mailed today to Douglas County property taxpayers, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.

Overall, taxpayers will pay slightly more than last year. The county’s collective tax bill totals more than $95 million, a 2.6 percent increase over last year.

The money will be distributed to 110 tax districts. The recipients will range from the Roseburg School District, due $16.1 million, to the Port of Coquille, due to collect a grand total of $16.27 from Douglas County taxpayers west of Camas Valley.

Nearly half of all property taxes imposed will go to education, with $46.3 million due schools. Douglas County’s 12 cities will share $19.5 million. The county’s 26 fire districts will divide $11 million. Numerous other types of taxing districts will receive the rest.

Other top tax recipients include the city of Roseburg, $12.1 million; Douglas County, $9.1 million; and Douglas County Fire District No. 2, $6.4 million.

Tax rates vary widely, but average $10.16 per $1,000 of taxable valuation, a 2 cent increase over last year.

Tax rates range from a high of $18.72 in Reedsport, where taxpayers are repaying a school bond and support Lower Umpqua Hospital, to a low of $6.79 for rural Roseburg areas outside any fire district.

Real market values, determined as of Jan. 1, 2013, increased by 1 percent, according to the assessor’s office.

Because of Measure 50, taxable values and real market values are not the same. Taxable values can’t increase by more than 3 percent a year and can’t exceed real market values.

Taxes are due Nov. 15, though they may be paid in three installments. The installments are due Nov. 15, Feb. 17 and May 15.

Taxpayers who pay the full amount by Nov. 15 receive a 3 percent discount.

Payments may be made in person at the Douglas County Tax Office in Room 205 of the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg or at Umpqua Bank in Reedsport.

Payments can be put in drop boxes in front of the courthouse and in the hallway outside the tax office.

The drop boxes will be available until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 15.

Payments can be made online at www.co.douglas.or.us. There are transaction fees.

The tax office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 541-440-4253.

Taxpayers who want to review their assessments should contact the assessor’s office at 541-440-4222.

Assessor Susan Acree said taxpayers can help their case by providing information such as an appraisal, actual construction costs and evidence that property has been for sale.

“We are really stressing they supply the supportive documentation,” she said.

News-Review City Editor Don Jenkins can be reached at djenkins@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4201.

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The News-Review Updated Oct 23, 2013 07:08PM Published Oct 23, 2013 12:04PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.