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County taxes take hike of 12 percent

The 2001 tax statements for Hood River County will be mailed on Wednesday and most property owners will realize a hike of about 12 percent.

That word came from Sandra Berry, director of Records and Assessment, this week. She said the new tax statements reflect the annual three percent state valuation increase, plus the $3 million bond to enlarge and refurbish the county library and the $9 million bond to improve Hood River school facilities. Both measures were approved by voters in last November's general election.

Berry said while the real market value of property is recorded on the tax rolls, most property owners are paying below that amount. She said any resident disagreeing with the new valuations which are printed on the back of the tax statement may follow the listed instructions and petition her department for an adjustment until Dec. 31.

Hood River property taxes are distributed among area agencies, including the county, school, educational service district, cities, ports, fire districts, sanitation, park and recreation district, transportation, 9-1-1 services and the regional jail.

Valuation and tax rate limits set by Measure 5 in 1990 and Measure 50 in 1997 are still in effect.

Berry invites property owners with questions about their tax statement to call her office at 386-4522 or visit the Records and Assessment Department on the second floor of the county courthouse.

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