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Tax Statements

2020/21 property tax statements for Lincoln County are expected to be mailed out on October 23rd, with initial payment due by November 16th.  Full payments made by November 16th will receive a 3% discount and two-thirds payments will receive a 2% discount.  At least one-third payment must be received by November 16th to avoid delinquent interest charges.  For those making one-third payments, the second payment will be due by February 15th, 2021, and the third payment will be due by May 15th, 2021.

To observe social distancing guidelines, payments made in person at the County Tax Office require an appointment and are limited to cash only.  Please consider the following payment options as alternatives to coming to the Courthouse:

–          Pay online via the County website atcounty website

–          Pay online using ‘bill pay’ through your banking institution

–          Mail check or money order payments to the Lincoln County Tax Collector located at:  225 W Olive Street, Room 205, Newport OR 97365.

–          Drop off check or money order payments at a secure payment drop box located in the county courthouse parking lot.  

Values

Overall, real market value in Lincoln County is up approximately 6% from 2019, while countywide assessed (taxable) value has increased nearly 4%.  These percentages include the value of new construction and development.

Most property owners will see a typical 3% increase in their assessed value due to Measure 50 – a constitutional amendment approved by Oregon voters in 1997.  When Measure 50 was first implemented, a “maximum assessed value” was assigned to each property which equaled the 1995 value minus 10%.  For the years following, each property is assessed on the lesser of its maximum assessed value from the previous year plus 3%, or its real market value.  So long as the real market value remains higher than the maximum assessed value, the assessed value can increase up to 3%.  This is the most common scenario.  However, there are situations where a property’s assessed value may increase more or less than 3%.   Following are two primary reasons: 

1.)  New construction, development or other changes to property considered an “exception” event may add to or lower the property’s assessed value.    

2.)  If, following a market downturn, a property’s real market value falls below its maximum assessed value, the property is assessed at its real market value.  The assessed value may fluctuate up or down annually with the market, with no limitation, until it returns to or above the maximum assessed value.  At that point, the assessed value will once again be restricted to 3% annual growth under Measure 50. 

For 2020, approximately 16% of properties in Lincoln County are assessed at their real market value.  With increasing market values, these properties may see assessed value growth of more than 3%.

Levies

Total property taxes, fees and special assessments are up approximately 5.25% over last year.  Most property taxes are a product of assessed values and underlying district tax rates.  Along with changes in assessed values, new voter-approved levies may impact total taxes in certain areas of the county.  This year, two new levies were approved resulting in increased tax rates.

–  Formation of the new SE Nelson Wayside Special Road District was approved by voters to maintain public roads within the district’s established boundaries.  This creates a new permanent tax rate of $0.50 per thousand assessed value for properties within the district’s service area.

 

– Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District was approved for a new five-year local option levy of $1.09 per $1,000 assessed value for properties within the district’s service area.  This replaces the previous local option levy of $0.61, resulting in a net tax rate increase of $0.48 per thousand assessed value for properties within the district’s service area.

 

Within Lincoln County there are 76 local taxing districts, including education districts, health districts, city, county, port, local fire, water, road, special assessment districts and urban renewal.  All of these have distinct tax rates, and most have different geographic boundaries, so overall tax rates for individual properties vary by location. 

Taxes Imposed

BREAKDOWN OF COUNTYWIDE PROPERTY TAXES IMPOSED
2019-20 2020-21 Difference
Operating Levies & Bonds $117,656,901.87 $123,696,208.05 $6,039,306.18
Urban Renewal $4,619,385.62 $5,048,349.36 $428,963.74
Special Assessments $771,326.51 $778,071.52 $6,745.01
Add Tax & Penalties $105,753.52 $101,229.46 -$4,524.06
Total $123,153,367.52 $129,623,858.39 $6,470,490.87

 

Tax statements will display total amounts imposed by individual districts, along with current and prior year property values.  Values for both years are categorized by land, structure, total real market value and total assessed value. Taxpayers disputing their property values are encouraged to contact the Assessor’s office.  Appraisal staff will be available to answer questions and review properties for value adjustments up to December 31st, 2020.  Taxpayers also have the option to file petitions with the Board of Property Tax Appeals until December 31st, 2020.  Appeal rights are described in detail on the back of the tax statement.

Fire Survivors

The Lincoln County Assessor and Tax Collector’s

– Offices would like to remind property owners who are survivors of recent fire damage that adjustments may be made to your property taxes to reflect loss in assessed value.  If your property has been damaged or destroyed by fire, please contact us for review.

Additional information and forms on Fire or Act of God Tax Proration can be found here: 

https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/assessor/page/damaged-or-destroyed-property

 

Lincoln County Assessor’s and Tax Collector’s offices are currently open by appointment only.  Generally, value and tax-related questions can be answered by phone or email, however, if you’d like to speak to someone in person you may contact us to schedule an appointment:

Assessor’s Office:  (541) 265-4102      assessorinfo@co.lincoln.or.us

Tax Office:  (541) 265-4139                  taxinfo@co.lincoln.or.us

Joe Davidson – Regarding Tax Rates and Values

541-265-4102   

jdavidson@co.lincoln.or.us

225 W. Olive Street, Room 207

Newport, OR 97365

Jayne Welch – Regarding Tax Collection

541-265-4139    

jwelch@co.lincoln.or.us

225 W. Olive Street, Room 205

Newport, OR 97365

Good hearted souls helping to help bring back neighborhoods run over by the Echo Mountain Fire

Echo Mountain Fire
Friends and neighbors get to work….

Residents, friends and good-hearted helpers are gathering along Pony Trail off Yodel in the Otis area today to help the community get back on its feet – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

First, a group from Calvary Chapel in Lincoln City is getting together for a big food-feed during an organizational meeting outlining their sincere desire to help those whose homes were damaged or completely destroyed by the Echo Mountain blaze.

Group leader Corey Rivera is helping to coordinate the activities. Rivera and members of the church are amassing what is likely to be a large outdoor picnic for those who are volunteering to help home and property owners to begin rebuilding their homes, lives and spirits following the devastating fire in October.

Those who would like to volunteer their time and love to help Rivera and his group can learn more about it by calling Corey Rivera at 541.272.7405.

Letter to the Editor –

Mayor Dean Sawyer of Newport has been a proactive leader in this time of Covid-19 when local businesses are having to cut back. On his own initiative Mayor Sawyer reached out to several local restaurants and got a work group of owners and industry experts together, including my wife Celeste, to examine changes that restaurants would need to adopt in order to reopen and become profitable again.

Dean Sawyer has no background in running a restaurant but he quickly realized that they would have to reinvent their services when the county opened back up into Phase One and Phase Two. After establishing a work group, including ideas and recommendations, decisions were made to help restaurants pivot their business from pre-Covid working environment to the new after-Covid world.

As restaurant owners, we have been appreciative that Dean would even consider the hardships that restaurants have endured due to closures and limited seating. It was refreshing to see new ideas that would be needed in the new Covid working environment to better serve our customers.

Celeste and I would urge everyone in Newport to vote for Dean Sawyer for another term as Mayor of Newport.  He not only attends to city business but is also very concerned about the health of the people and businesses in the Newport area

Dylan and Celeste MCEntee
Original Mo’s Seafood and Chowder Restaurants

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The views and opinions of the writer above are those strictly of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com, and its owners.   Those who would like to contribute views and opinions of candidates running for office in Newport, Lincoln County, Oregon or nationally are invited to submit their own Letters to the Editor by emailing them to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Lincoln County Health has a new Deputy Director – Quite the woman of the world…

Florence Pourtal
New Deputy Director LC Public Health

(NEWPORT,OR) Lincoln County Public Health has a new Deputy Director with a unique background that is sure to bring another perspective to the county health scene.

Florence Pourtal spent eight years delivering public health programs in far-flung locales around the globe and five plus years as a public health director in Oregon before starting her position in Lincoln County on September 28th.

Between 2002 and 2010, Pourtal worked in South Sudan, Tanzania, Vietnam, Morocco, and elsewhere to get healthcare, nutrition, and social service programs to people in need. Before that, she had earned her bachelor’s degree in public law and her master’s degree in international humanitarian assistance from universities in France, where she was born. From the ages of four to 13, she lived in Gabon and Morocco before returning to France for high school and college.

“I think I realized early on that I had a privileged life and I really wanted to give back to communities that were not as privileged as I was. I think because I had been exposed to other cultures in my childhood, I was very curious and wanted to explore the world. After about 10 years on the ground in developing countries, I wanted to get the theory behind my experience, so I decided to go back to school,” she added.

Pourtal earned her master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine around the same time she relocated to the United States. After working for two years in Portland at a non-profit agency, she was named the Public Health Administrator of Coos County in July of 2014, where she worked until earlier this year.

Today, as Deputy Director in Lincoln County, Pourtal oversees many of the public health programs, including health promotion, environmental health, and communicable disease, the program that entails the county response to COVID-19. Thanks to her work responding to the early months of the virus in Coos County, she is well aware of public health expectations and requirements in Oregon. Her focus now is to get the local perspective.

“I’m very much observing and listening to what people have been doing,” Pourtal explained. “I’m very interested in the work that was done and continues to be done by everyone in public health and outside of public health to prevent the spread of this disease and to promote healthy practices.”

With the on-going pressure of leading the area’s COVID response, Lincoln County Public Health Director Rebecca Austen said she is thankful for this “passionate and seasoned public health professional.”

“Florence jumped right in and started attending meetings, offering suggestions, and supporting staff. I look forward to our community partners getting to know Florence and working alongside her to help keep our community safe and healthy,” Austen said.

While both are coastal communities, the deputy director said there are some considerable differences between Coos and Lincoln counties. Lincoln, she explained, has more diversity within the population. Coos has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the state per capita, according to the recent point-in-time count.

In addition to community differences, Pourtal also noted some differences in public health programming.

“I was always impressed by Lincoln County. Just the fact that we have a harm reduction program is really amazing. That shows a commitment to care for people who are struggling with the disease of addiction,” she noted. Among other things, the county’s harm reduction program provides HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing, needle exchange, and medications to reverse opioid overdose.

Pourtal also praised the people working in her new department. “It’s a very dedicated team of caring people who are working hard to keep Lincoln County safe,” she noted. With regard to COVID-19, she pointed out that “people had to jump into roles they have never played before and they really seemed to rise up to the challenge of insuring the community is as protected as possible.

-Written by Angela Nebel, Newport

Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and others want emergency services at their back…

Senator’s Wyden and Merkley want faster response times…sends a clear message to Wash. DC                                                                        File photo

General Daniel R. Hokanson
Chief of the National Guard Bureau
1636 Defense Pentagon Arlington, VA 20301-1636

Dear General Hokanson:

As devastating fires of historic proportion continue to ravage the United States, we ask you to provide us an assessment of the National Guard’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and help state firefighting forces recover from wildfires. A frank estimation will help Congress address any gaps and use every resource available to respond to this year’s fires. It will also help us better resource and equip the Guard for a future in which human-driven climate change will make fire seasons increasingly severe and destructive.

Fighting fires is a complex mission that involves state, local, and federal officials and many different agencies. National Guard members who assist may be operating under different authorities or outside their state pursuant to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact between governors.

Guard members must have the appropriate training, personnel numbers, and equipment needed to fulfill their missions, regardless of their status, because Americans are counting on them to succeed in the moment. To that end we ask that you provide us your assessment of the current state of the National Guard’s ability to prepare for wildfires, help respond to them, and aid in the recovery. Please include the following:

* An availability of appropriately trained personnel and equipment for firefighting-relatedneeds.
* An accounting of the capacity available through Emergency Management Assistance Compacts and whether you believe expanding them may provide additional opportunities or wildfire capacity.
* Any National Guard Bureau plans or constructs developed with governors for coordinated regional response.
* We urge you to be candid both about any current challenges and any gaps you think will emerge as increasingly destructive wildfire seasons put greater demands on the National Guard.

We commend all the heroic men and women of the National Guard who have been responding to raging wildfires as part of a federal, state, and local effort. With a more complete understanding of the Guard’s ability to respond, we can ensure proper resourcing and will be better able to keep our Guard members always ready and always there.

Sincerely,
Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., Sen.  Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Sen. Maria Cantwell and others…

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