2013 ORS § 327.336¹
Qualifications
  • amount

(1) As used in this section:

(a) Extended ADMw means the district extended weighted average daily membership computed under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts) (1)(c).

(b) Local option tax rate means the amount of local option taxes imposed by the school district for the current fiscal year, after compression under ORS 310.150 (Segregation into categories) and after subtraction of the amount of school district local option taxes that are distributed to an urban renewal agency pursuant to ORS 457.440 (Computation of amounts to be raised from property taxes), divided by the assessed value of the school district.

(c) School district means a common or union high school district.

(d) Target district means the school district that, for the fiscal year prior to the year for which grants are being determined, had a total assessed value of taxable property per district extended ADMw that was greater than all but 25 percent of the school districts in this state for that prior fiscal year. The Department of Education shall determine which school district is the target district for a fiscal year, based on the total assessed values of school districts reported to the Department of Education by the Department of Revenue for the fiscal year prior to the year for which grants are being determined under this section.

(2) A school district shall receive a local option equalization grant for a fiscal year:

(a) In which the school district imposes local option taxes pursuant to ORS 280.040 (Definitions for ORS 280.040 to 280.145) to 280.145 (Serial levy under former law); and

(b) For which the total assessed value of taxable property per extended ADMw of the school district for the prior fiscal year does not exceed the total assessed value of taxable property per extended ADMw of the target district for the prior fiscal year.

(3) The amount of the local option equalization grant shall equal the lesser of:

(a) The product of the local option tax rate of the school district for the current fiscal year (total assessed value per extended ADMw of the target district for the prior fiscal year total assessed value per extended ADMw of the school district for the prior fiscal year) the extended ADMw of the school district for the prior fiscal year; or

(b) The amount obtained by subtracting the local option tax imposed by the school district for the current fiscal year, after compression under ORS 310.150 (Segregation into categories), from the lesser of:

(A) Twenty percent of the combined total for the school district of the general purpose grant, the transportation grant, the facility grant and the high cost disabilities grant of the school district for the current fiscal year; or

(B) $1,000 multiplied by the extended ADMw of the school district for the current fiscal year. The amount multiplied by the extended ADMw of the school district shall be increased each fiscal year by three percent above the amount allowed for the prior fiscal year.

(4) If the amount computed under subsection (3)(b) of this section is zero or less, a local option equalization grant may not be made to the school district for the fiscal year.

(5) As soon as is practicable after school districts have certified property taxes to the assessor under ORS 310.060 (Notice certifying taxes), the Department of Revenue shall report to the Department of Education a list of school districts certifying local option taxes for the current fiscal year and the local option tax rates for those districts. The amount of each local option equalization grant shall be calculated by the Department of Education.

(6) If the election authorizing the imposition of a local option tax is held after the start of a biennium in which the local option tax is to be imposed, the local option equalization grant for a fiscal year of that biennium shall be determined as otherwise prescribed in this section, but may not be paid to the school district until the first fiscal year of the next succeeding biennium. [2001 c.896 §2; 2003 c.715 §§21,22; 2005 c.803 §9; 2007 c.778 §§8,10; 2009 c.698 §17]