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OREGON CITY SIZE & TAX RATE

Taxes

Deeply ingrained in our social consciousness is the belief that population growth is a fundamental sign of health. Even among those who question that premise, many believe that growth in Josephine County, Oregon is inevitable.

With growth we know we will need and have to pay for new roads, water lines, sewers, police and fire protection, schools, parks, and other infrastructure.

What about taxes? Property taxes are placed on the tax roll in the form of a "tax rate" per $1,000 of assessed value. Do taxes go down with growth and development? Are taxes healthy for existing residents?

Sixteen Oregon cities have a larger population than the City of Grants Pass (see table & graph). All 16 of them require higher property tax rates than our city. Our Oregon data suggest that any further increase in our local city populations will increase the chances for local tax increases.

Are taxes healthy? Many believe that with education and citizen involvement programs, city management and legislative direction, taxes can be managed in ways that are understandable and acceptable.

Oregon City Size & Tax Rate

Bigger Cites Require

Higher Taxes1

Oregon City

Popula-tion

Tax

Rate

Portland

529,121

18.96

Eugene

137,893

17.66

Salem

136,924

19.13

Gresham

90,205

16.57

Beaverton

76,129

18.71

Hillsboro

70,186

14.99

Medford

63,154

14.27

Springfield

52,864

16.61

Bend

52,029

14.62

Corvallis

49,322

14.76

Tigard

41,223

13.65

Albany

40,852

17.28

Lake Oswego

35,278

15.69

Keizer

32,203

15.59

McMinnville

26,499

17.42

Oregon City

25,754

16.31

Grants Pass

23,003

13.64

1. 2000 Census as reported in the Oregonian on March 15, 2002; Oregon Property Tax Statistics Fiscal Year 1999 - 2000, Oregon Department of Revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warren Troy, Information Liaison for CVIG, is concerned. He stated, The costs of growth don’t balance out, and that as Grants Pass grows, so do its taxes."

How do you feel?  Please make you concerns known to your neighbors and our county commissioners, and/or become a co-sponsor of this information brochure.

Want more information? Contact a repre-sentative of CVIG and/or the Hugo Neigh-borhood.

November 16, 2002

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