When I received my property tax bill in November, I was not thrilled to see the assessed value of my house fall by $20,000. Imagine how thrilled I am to discover that my property taxes have gone up, largely as a result of the suite of levies passed last year. Portland area landlords I'm sure will be raising your rents since they are likely paying higher property taxes as well. So when you have to fork over more money to your landlord, remember how great it feels to contribute to the greater good. And when you move away next year, please take your spirit of giving with you.