If Central Oregon’s recent winter storms have caused significant damage to your home or business, you may be eligible for a discount on your property taxes, Deschutes County officials have announced.

Oregon law includes a provision that allows property owners who experience a casualty loss due to a fire or “act of God” to apply for a reduction of property taxes. The proration of tax applies only to taxable structures or property, not to vehicles or residential personal items.

Here’s the online application for property tax proration, along with some additional information about the process. Applications can be submitted electronically to taxoffice@deschutes.org; they’re also available at the Deschutes County Tax Office, 1300 NW Wall St., Bend.

Questions? Call the Deschutes County Tax Office at 388-6540. The deadline for applications need is June 30.

About the Author
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.