2007 ORS § 184.642¹
Department of Transportation Operating Fund
  • sources
  • uses

(1) The Department of Transportation Operating Fund is established in the State Treasury separate and distinct from the General Fund and separate and distinct from the State Highway Fund. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3)(e) of this section, moneys in the Department of Transportation Operating Fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Transportation to pay expenses of the department that are incurred in the performance of functions the department is statutorily required or authorized to perform and that may not constitutionally be paid from revenues described in section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution.

(2) The operating fund shall consist of the following:

(a) Taxes paid on motor vehicle fuels or on the use of fuel in a motor vehicle for which a person is entitled to a refund under a provision described in this paragraph but for which no refund is claimed, in amounts determined under ORS 184.643 (Transfer of certain fuel tax moneys to operating fund). This paragraph applies to refund entitlements described in ORS 319.280 (Refunds generally) (1)(a) and (e), 319.320 (Refund of tax on fuel used in operation of vehicles over certain roads or private property) (1)(a) and 319.831 (Refund of tax on fuel used in operation of vehicle over certain roads or private property) (1)(b).

(b) Fees collected under ORS 822.700 (Certification fees) for issuance or renewal of:

(A) Dismantler certificates;

(B) Vehicle dealer certificates;

(C) Driver training certificates;

(D) Commercial driver training school certificates; and

(E) Appraiser certificates.

(c) Fees collected under ORS 822.705 (Fee for issuance or renewal of vehicle dealer certificate).

(d) Moneys from civil penalties imposed under ORS 822.009 (Civil penalties for violations of statutes or rules).

(e) Fees collected under ORS 807.410 (Fees) for identification cards.

(f) Fees collected by the department for issuance of permits to engage in activities described in ORS 374.305 (Necessity of permission to build on rights of way) to 374.330 (Prior status preserved) that are not directly connected to the construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation and use of a public highway, road, street or roadside rest area.

(g) Interest and other earnings on moneys in the operating fund.

(3) Moneys in the Department of Transportation Operating Fund established by subsections (1) and (2) of this section may be spent only as follows:

(a) Taxes described in subsection (2)(a) of this section may be used only for payment of expenses of the Department of Transportation that:

(A) May not constitutionally be paid from revenues described in section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution;

(B) Are incurred in the performance of functions the department is statutorily required or authorized to perform; and

(C) Are not payable from moneys described in paragraphs (b) to (e) of this subsection.

(b) Fees collected under subsection (2)(b) of this section may be used only to carry out the regulatory functions of the department relating to the businesses that generate the fees.

(c) Fees collected under ORS 822.705 (Fee for issuance or renewal of vehicle dealer certificate) may be used only for the purposes described in ORS 822.705 (Fee for issuance or renewal of vehicle dealer certificate).

(d) Moneys collected from civil penalties imposed under ORS 822.009 (Civil penalties for violations of statutes or rules) may be used only for regulation of vehicle dealers.

(e) Moneys collected under ORS 807.410 (Fees) from fees for identification cards shall be used first to pay the expenses of the department for performing the functions of the department relating to identification cards. After paying the expenses related to identification cards, the department shall transfer the remaining moneys collected under ORS 807.410 (Fees) to the Elderly and Disabled Special Transportation Fund established in ORS 391.800 (Elderly and Disabled Special Transportation Fund).

(f) Moneys from the permits described in subsection (2)(f) of this section may be used for costs of issuing the permits and monitoring the activities that generate the fees.

(g) Moneys from interest and other earnings on moneys in the operating fund may be used for any purpose for which other moneys in the fund may be used. [2001 c.820 §§1,2; 2003 c.601 §1; 2003 c.655 §62; 2005 c.654 §§22,23]

Note: 184.642 (Department of Transportation Operating Fund) and 184.643 (Transfer of certain fuel tax moneys to operating fund) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 184 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.