Re: Medford Mail Tribune article and official looking letters sent from a company that indicates they can reduce your property tax.
Letters hit mail boxes from a company out of California called “Property Tax Adjusters” purporting to be able to reduce your property tax. This may be an appropriate letter for other states where the appeal process is in the spring, however, in Oregon the appeal filing period ends December 31 each year. As a consequence, if this is a legitimate company, it comes too late for Oregonians for the 2009-10 tax year. The Department of Justice and the California Attorney General issued press releases March 19, 2010 declaring this letter to be a scam.
The letter indicates the values shown are for the “ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR 2010-2011 TAX YEAR”. Such values have not even been established by the Assessor as of this time. Such values are not finalized until around September 25, 2010. The values will not be certified until around October 25, 2010.
Taxpayers can appeal during the filing period for free. The deadline to appeal to the Board of Property Tax Appeals for values established in 2010 is December 31, 2010.
Additionally, over the weekend an article in the business section of the Mail Tribune describes a process to appeal your property tax. Again this was an inappropriate article for Oregonians, since the appeal filing deadline ended December 31, 2009.
Property tax payers in Oregon receive their tax bills in October. Since this is the first time they are noticed on their Assessed Value, the appeal process to the BOPTA board (Board of Property Tax Appeals) begins when the tax roll is certified and bills are sent and ends December 31 each year.
If you do not agree with the decision of the BOPTA board, you can appeal to the Magistrate Division of Tax Court or to the Tax Court. For taxpayers in Jackson County, the board has already heard this year’s appeals and finished their work last week.