Property Tax Fairness in Multnomah County, Oregon
13 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 30, 2015
This article evaluates two alternative standards for resetting property assessments on title transfer in property tax systems like Oregon’s and California’s, which are explicitly designed to protect property owners against rapid, unanticipated increases in their tax bills: California’s reset to market and one in which the property is given a new assessed value based on its market value and a ratio that is updated annually to reflect the average relationship between assessed value and market value within a jurisdiction. We find that the latter promotes assessment quality better than the former and also probably mitigates lock-in.
Keywords: property tax, fairness, assessment quality, stability
JEL Classification: H7, H71, H29, D63
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