A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Not a pleasant sight, this site

Written February 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering


This property near the Albany riverfront came up before the city council on Monday because the city is trying to do something about all the junk and trash. The place is at the north end of Denver Street overlooking Bowman Park, and it shows how complicated it is for the city to deal with situations like this.

According to what the council was told by the city staff, the owner lives elsewhere and the place has been used as a flop house by various people. The police have been called to the address many times. The council saw pictures of all kinds of trash in the back yard. All I saw when I went by there on the bike later in the week was what you see in the photo, taken from the street.

There’s talk of the owner donating the property to the city. This would allow the city to keep people out as trespassers and clean the place up and sell it. But an outstanding bank loan is involved.

The council, in the words of the council work session summary, “directed that staff work with the property owner’s attorney to accept the deed to the property and work with the bank to see what it would take to acquire the title.”

From the looks of the place from the outside, it seems hard to believe that the Linn County assessor assigns the place an assessed value of $254,830, which translates to an annual property tax bill of more than $4,500. It’s a pretty nice location, which might account for part of this assessment, but various online real estate sites report that the property was last sold in 2002 for $45,800.

In any case, you have to hope something can be worked out so the neighbors don’t have to look at this mess much longer. (hh)

One response to “Not a pleasant sight, this site”

  1. Richard Vannice says:

    It is my understanding that the assessor only makes “onsite” valuations every six years, and the values are supposedly based on the sale of “like properties” in the area, whatever that means.
    I made an attempt to appeal my assessment a few years ago and was told that the Benton County Board of Appeals would not listen to my complaint since we had not listed the property or had it appraised. The whole assessment process is very convoluted and confusing. You must let them on your property so they can measure the buildings; but, you do NOT have to let them in the house.


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