Board of Property Tax Appeals

BOPTA Hearings
The Board of Property Tax Appeals is a process for citizens who want to appeal the value of your land, buildings, manufactured structures, and industrial machinery and equipment. Property value, not taxes, are the subject of the hearing.

The filing period for the Board of Property Tax Appeals begins when tax statements are mailed in October and closes at or around December 31st each year. Applicants must fill out the Real Property Petition Form. If you are requesting a reduction of the value of your taxable personal property, please us the Personal Property Petition Form. All petitions must be returned to the Wasco County Clerk’s office before the filing deadline.

Before filing, we recommend contacting the Wasco County Assessment Department to ask for an Appraiser Review. This provides information on how your property value was determined and you can review the values with an appraiser on their team. In some cases, additional information may resolve the issue. If you're curious about the relationship between property values and your taxes, they have some great videos on their web page to explain it!

If you choose to move ahead with an appeal, we suggest reading the BOPTA Burden of Proof, Evidence and Hearing Procedures flyer to become familiar with the process. While the Clerk's Office will provide assistance with the process, the burden of proof as to why the Assessor's Office value is incorrect is the responsibility of the petitioner. Check out the Board of Property Tax Appeals video for additional information on the process and the types of evidence to present. 

Please note: if you are appealing the value of industrial property that was appraised by the Department of Revenue, your appeal should be filed with the Clerk of the Oregon Tax Court, Magistrate Division.

Questions about the process should be directed to the BOPTA Clerk at the County Clerk's office.

 

NOTICE OF SESSION

Notice is hereby given that the Wasco County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) season is open. Petitions must be filed with the Wasco County Clerk or postmarked
not later than midnight on January 3, 2023.

Beginning on February 8, 2023 at 10:30 a.m., the Board of Property Tax Appeals of the County of Wasco, Oregon, will convene to:

  • Review the BOPTA policy, sign oath of office and secrecy statements, and review procedures for the hearings.

Beginning in March of 2023, the board will meet to:

  • Hear petitions for the reduction of the real market, maximum assessed, specially assessed, or assessed value of property as of January 1, 2022, or as determined under ORS 308.146(5)(a), ORS 308.146(6)(a), or ORS 308.428.
  • Hear petitions for reduction of value corrected under ORS 311.208
  • Hear petitions for waiver of penalties for late filing of real or personal property returns.

A schedule of hearings for those who request to be present will be posted 48 hours prior to the meeting(s) on the courthouse bulletin board and web site.

If you have requested to be present at the hearing you will be notified of the date, time, and place to appear. All other hearings will be scheduled as time allows.

Executive sessions may be held during the session as authorized by ORS 192.660, to consider documents and information made confidential under
ORS 308.290(10), ORS 308.411, and ORS 308.413.

It shall be the duty of the persons interested to appear at the time and place appointed.

Sessions may be held virtually.

Contact the Board of Property Tax Appeals Clerk for further information at 541-506-2530.

Zoom Information for Convening Session

Topic: Convening Session of the Board of Property Tax Appeals
Time: Feb 8, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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