This week the East Portland Action Plan adopted a Property Tax Inequity Analysis. EPAP’s Housing Subcommittee began researching property taxes last year. We discovered that property tax limitation measures passed in the 1990s have resulted in East Portland paying more than its fair share of taxes. Did you know that in 2012-2013 East Portland paid $23.5 million more in property taxes than the entire Central City stretching from the South Waterfront through Downtown to Lloyd Center?
OK, so East Portland pays more. How do we know that we get less? In 2011 the City of Portland began Budget Mapping, tracking where city investments are made geographically. East Portland has about 25% of the city’s population, yet from 2011-2013 we got only 12.2% of its transportation investments and 17.2% of its parks investments. Over a two year period from 2012-2013, East Portland got only 16.8% of the city’s housing investments.
The East Portland Action Plan believes that the fairest property tax fix would be “reset on sale” legislation. Under current law, property taxes are based on what a property was worth in 1995 and its assessed value can only increase three-percent per year. With “reset on sale” assessed value would be set at the purchase price at the time a property is sold. Over time this would restore fairness – taxes would be based on what it’s worth today, not what it was worth during the OJ Simpson trial.
- Nick Sauvie
I had a good meeting this morning with Olivia Quiroz and Jessica Guernsey from the Multnomah County Health Department. Olivia is a Senior Policy Specialist and we’ve worked together through the East Portland Action Plan. Jessica – a Foster-Powell resident – is Director of Maternal Child Health Programs. We share an interest in the importance of the first thousand days in a child’s development.
Public health workers are already supporting many residents of ROSE housing. In the next few weeks, we plan to meet about working together to make sure parents and future parents know about Health Department services and providing access to ROSE housing for families referred by County staff. We are also looking for opportunities to apply County health data to ROSE’s community development work, with an eye toward future collaborations.
- Nick Sauvie
Happy New Year and welcome to ROSE’s new website. We hope this new format is better to use for everyone who cares about ROSE, whether you are looking for an affordable home, live in ROSE housing or want to contribute to make outer southeast Portland neighborhoods to be the best that they can be.
We think it’s important that there is a neighborhood group that is focused on Brentwood-Darlington, Foster-Powell, Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta and Powellhurst-Gilbert. At the same time, the problems of poverty, housing, education and disinvestment are interconnected.
Along with our freshened up website, we want to use social media more to spark a dialog with our constituents. If you are reading this, that means you! In the course of our work, we uncover or create a ton of data about our neighborhoods and the issues they face. We use it for advocacy and to create programs. The best decisions are based on solid evidence and have broad support in the community. You are invited to join us in using tools such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share ideas. Thank you for your contributions.
- Nick Sauvie, Executive Director