2011 ORS § 285B.599¹
Effect of failure to repay to Water Fund
  • default

(1) If a municipality fails to comply with a contract entered into under ORS 285B.581 (Repayment plans), the Oregon Business Development Department may seek appropriate legal remedies to secure any repayment due the Water Fund. If any municipality defaults on payments due the fund, the State of Oregon may withhold any amounts otherwise due the municipality to apply to the indebtedness. The department may waive the right to withhold moneys under this subsection.

(2) Moneys withheld under subsection (1) of this section shall be deposited in the fund and shall be used to repay any account in the fund from which funds were expended to pay obligations upon which the municipality defaulted. [Formerly 285.968 [bad link]; 2009 c.830 §129]

Note: Sections 1 to 8, 10 and 11, chapter 549, Oregon Laws 2011, provide:

Sec. 1. Definitions. As used in sections 1 to 9 of this 2011 Act:

(1) Certified employer means an eligible employer certified under section 3 of this 2011 Act.

(2) Compensation has the meaning given that term in ORS 314.610 (Definitions for ORS 314.605 to 314.675).

(3) Eligible employee means a new full-time employee whose compensation averages at least 150 percent of the county or state average in annual per employee compensation, whichever is less, who is hired by a certified employer after the employer is certified under section 3 of this 2011 Act.

(4) Eligible employer means an employer that, in the month in which the employer submits an application under section 4 of this 2011 Act:

(a) Has at least 150 employees;

(b) Plans to hire at least 50 new full-time employees in this state whose compensation will average at least 150 percent of the county or state average in annual per employee compensation, whichever is less;

(c) Operates in an industry in the traded sector, as that term is defined in ORS 285A.010 (Definitions for ORS 284.101 to 284.146 and ORS chapters 285A, 285B and 285C); and

(d) Is not a retailer, as that term is defined in ORS 72.8010 (Definitions for ORS 72.8010 to 72.8200).

(5) Estimated incremental Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program tax revenues means the Oregon personal income tax revenues that are estimated pursuant to section 7 of this 2011 Act to be substantially equivalent to the amount of tax that eligible employees of an eligible employer will be required to pay under ORS chapter 316 as a result of compensation paid to the eligible employees by the eligible employer in the two consecutive tax years beginning with the tax year following the tax year in which the employer receives certification under section 3 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §1]

Sec. 2. Rules. The Oregon Business Development Department may adopt rules that the department determines are necessary to:

(1) Further define the terms defined in section 1 of this 2011 Act in a manner consistent with section 1 of this 2011 Act;

(2) Implement the duties of the department under sections 1 to 9 of this 2011 Act; and

(3) Carry out the purposes of sections 1 to 9 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §2]

Sec. 3. Certification of eligible employers; time period to approve application. (1) Subject to standards and procedures that the Oregon Business Development Department shall establish by rule, the department shall certify eligible employers to participate in the Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program established in section 6 of this 2011 Act. The department may establish certification standards regarding:

(a) Employers maintaining certain levels of payroll or per-employee compensation including benefits;

(b) Employers consulting with vendors in this state before entering into contracts;

(c) Eligible employers not laying off current employees in order to achieve hiring goals;

(d) Specifying the types and amounts of employer expenses that are the reasonable costs of financing, developing, furnishing and operating a facility to be used by the certified employer in the course of business under section 6 of this 2011 Act; and

(e) Verifying that an employer is an eligible employer.

(2) The department must approve or deny an application submitted under section 4 of this 2011 Act within 120 days after the date a complete application is filed. [2011 c.549 §3]

Sec. 4. Application for certification; requirements. (1) An employer may apply to the Oregon Business Development Department for certification under section 3 of this 2011 Act.

(2) The application shall be made in writing in a form prescribed by the department.

(3) The application must include a verified statement by the employer that the employer would not plan on hiring 50 or more new full-time employees in this state but for the availability of the loans provided by the Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program established under section 6 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §4]

Sec. 5. Revocation of certificate. (1) The Oregon Business Development Department may revoke a certificate issued under section 3 of this 2011 Act if the department finds that:

(a) The certificate was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation; or

(b) The certified employer fails to meet the requirements of section 3 of this 2011 Act.

(2) If the certificate is revoked pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the department shall proceed to recoup any loan moneys disbursed to the employer pursuant to section 6 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §5]

Sec. 6. Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program; purpose; agreements; contents; loans. (1) In consultation with the Department of Revenue, the Oregon Business Development Department shall establish and administer the Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program. The purpose of the program is to provide forgivable loans to certified employers to allow for expanded operations and increased hiring.

(2) The Oregon Business Development Department shall enter into agreements with certified employers. Agreements must contain:

(a) Detailed performance measures, established by the department by rule, with which certified employers must comply; and

(b) The requirement that the certified employer pay to the Oregon Business Development Department the amount of any loan made under this section where the certified employer did not meet established performance measures.

(3) The total loan amount distributed to a certified employer under this section may not exceed the total amount of the estimated incremental Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program tax revenues for the certified employer.

(4) Moneys loaned under this section must be distributed to the certified employer no later than 120 days following certification under section 3 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §6]

Sec. 7. Department estimate of program tax revenues; methodology. The Director of the Oregon Business Development Department, in consultation with the Director of the Department of Revenue, shall:

(1) Specify the methodology for estimating incremental Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program tax revenues; and

(2) Estimate incremental Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program tax revenues. [2011 c.549 §7]

Sec. 8. Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program Fund. The Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. The Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program Fund consists of amounts deposited in the fund as required by section 9 of this 2011 Act and other moneys transferred to the fund. Amounts in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Business Development Department for the purposes of making the loans provided by the agreements entered into under section 6 of this 2011 Act and paying the costs and expenses of the Oregon Business Development Department in connection with the implementation and administration of sections 1 to 9 of this 2011 Act. [2011 c.549 §8]

Sec. 10. Report to legislature. The Oregon Business Development Department shall report to the committees of the Legislative Assembly with authority over the subject area of economic development during the 2013 regular session of the Legislative Assembly as specified in ORS 171.010 (Time and place of holding regular legislative sessions). [2011 c.549 §10]

Sec. 11. Application. Sections 1 to 9 of this 2011 Act apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, and before January 1, 2022. [2011 c.549 §11]