Tax Relief

Legislators approve draft regulation to streamline property tax relief for forest hearth victims

People whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Oregon forest fires last year would have an easier time getting property tax breaks under a law approved by state lawmakers on Friday.

The measure enables the districts to automatically reduce or even waive taxes if the tax agent determines that the property has lost market value as a result of the damage.

Rep. Jami Cate, R-Lebanon, represents several communities severely affected by the Beachie Creek Fire. She said the bill was part of a long recovery process.

“It has been so much work and I know there is still so much to do to help people rebuild,” she said. “But that’s a great step.”

The bill would only affect counties that were part of the forest fire emergency declaration last year. The measure has cleared both chambers and is aimed at the governor’s desk.

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