Monday, July 18, 2016

Clark County Tax Appeals Due Beginning August 3, 2016

Courtesy of Chris Robinson, President, Property Tax Analytics, Inc. 

Many Washington State counties have mailed the Value Change Notices for the 2016 assessment for taxes payable in 2017. 

Appeal Deadlines
You have 60 days from the mailing date to file an appeal with the local board. 
  • Clark County recently mailed a batch on June 3, 2016. 
  • Washington State's more populous counties generally offer 60 days. 
  • Some of the smaller counties only offer a 30 day appeal window.

City of Vancouver - Multifamily Abatement Program
The City of Vancouver has adopted abatement programs for new apartment construction depending on location. Developers and owners contemplating development should be aware of this program. Contact the City of Vancouver at (360) 487-8600 for details. See fact sheet. 

When considering your increase (and it will increase) the focus should be on whether the NOI supports the new value. While there is nothing wrong with trying to mitigate the value increase through an appeal, owners should be judicious with this approach.

Washington has a preference for using the sales comparison approach but also uses the income approach.

Some potential reasons to appeal your assessment
  • Your property has significant deferred maintenance or capital needs 
  • Your property has construction defects

Need help?
Contact your attorney or Christopher K. Robinson at (503) 635-9330 for assistance. 

Sponsorships Available for Upcoming Golf Tournament to Support Homeless Families

Human Solutions is inviting concerned businesses to support housing projects for the homeless through purchase of a sponsorship of its upcoming charity golf tournament.

Place:  Langdon Farms
Date:   Thursday, September 15th
Time:   7:30 am

Sponsorships range from $1,000 (provides 38 nights of shelter) to $5,000 (provides 188 nights of shelter).

Human solutions provides emergency housing and services to Multnomah County families through a network of 19 shelters.

Human Solutions' recent accomplishments:

  • Renovation of the run-down Black Cauldron club into a family shelter, keeping 130 parents and children temporarily off the streets. 
  • During 2016, placement of over 960 citizens in shelters -- more than half were children.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Unreinforced Masonry Policy Committee Sets First Public Forum for Thurs. Sept. 8th

The City of Portland committee looking at seismic policy issues involving unreinforced masonry buildings has scheduled its first public forum for Thursday, September 8th at the Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd Avenue. You can download the group's workplan and their recent draft report by clicking here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

HFO's Tyler Johnson at the Creating Hope Dinner - 2016

We're delighted to share with you HFO partner Tyler Johnson's speech from this year's Creating Hope Dinner - a fundraising event for the Providence Cancer Center of Portland.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

City to Ask Voters to Tax Themselves $258 Million On 1,300 Units of Low Income Housing

Portland needs nearly 24,000 affordable housing units to meet demand as market rate for new apartments closes in on $2k per month. The City plans to ask voters to tax themselves about $75 a year for $258 million to build 1,300 units. The Oregonian Editorial Board weighs in.