2017-18 Property Assessment Reconciliation FAQs


Why does the District charge an assessment fee?

The Districts are largely funded by landowners within the Districts, who pay an annual assessment fee to support District operations and floodplain management.

How do I pay the assessment fee?

Property owners within drainage district boundaries pay an annual property assessment with their Multnomah County property taxes.

What is the property assessment based on?

The assessments for each district are calculated differently. They are based on area, not the value, of the property. Criteria includes total acreage and impervious surfaces.

What caused the property assessment miscalculation?

In the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Districts made an error in the calculation of property assessments by leaving out certain types of properties and/or improperly applying property or district boundaries.

Is this the first time there has been a miscalculation of property assessments?

There have been previous miscalculations of property assessments; however they were confined to a limited number of properties that were under-assessed. Previous miscalculations have been communicated to property owners and have since been remedied.

What is being done to ensure a miscalculation doesn’t happen again?

MCDD, PEN1, PEN2 and SDIC boards of directors are committed to continuing to improve our quality control process to avoid this issue in the future. The Districts have hired a consultant to support the calculation of future property assessments and review all assessments before they are submitted to Multnomah County.

For those who were over-assessed, how will they be reimbursed?

Property owners over-assessed in an amount over $10 will receive a reimbursement check from the appropriate/relevant district in the mail.

Will everyone who was over-assessed be reimbursed?

No. Property owners over-assessed $10 or less will not be reimbursed. This is in accordance with state statute (ORS 311.806).

How will property owners who were under-assessed pay for the amount they owe?

For property owners who were under-assessed, the balance not assessed in the 2017-18 fiscal year will be included as part of their 2018 Multnomah County property taxes.

If you have additional questions about your property assessments, please call 503-290-3569 and we will respond within 1-2 business days.

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