2017 ORS 190.088¹
Alternative intergovernmental entity for transportation
  • board of directors
  • powers and authorities
  • procedure
  • city and county oversight
  • tax zones

(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, an intergovernmental entity created to operate, maintain, repair and modernize transportation facilities and that qualifies as a designated recipient of funding for transit operations from the Federal Transit Administration may issue general obligation bonds and assess, levy and collect ad valorem property taxes, including operating taxes and local option taxes, in support of the purposes of the entity. Taxes authorized as prescribed in this section may be imposed throughout the territory of the units of local government that make up the entity, or only in tax zones within the territory that are established as prescribed in this section.

(2) In order to utilize the powers and authorities granted under this section, the intergovernmental agreement entered into under ORS 190.010 (Authority of local governments to make intergovernmental agreement) that created the intergovernmental entity, or as amended, must provide for a board of directors of the entity and the method of selecting board members. The board of directors shall serve as the entity’s governing body.

(3) An intergovernmental entity described in subsection (1) of this section may provide public transportation and terminal facilities for public transportation, except that the public transportation and facilities for public transportation must be limited to nonrail transportation and transportation facilities.

(4) An intergovernmental entity described in subsection (1) of this section may undertake any of the following actions only by using the procedures and obtaining the approvals described in subsections (5) to (7) of this section:

(a) Issue general obligation bonds not subject to limitation under Article XI, section 11 or 11b, of the Oregon Constitution;

(b) Establish a permanent rate limit for operating taxes within the meaning of Article XI, section 11 (3), of the Oregon Constitution;

(c) Impose local option taxes under ORS 280.040 (Definitions for ORS 280.040 to 280.145) to 280.145 (Serial levy under former law); or

(d) Divide the territory of the entity into zones based upon qualitative differences for the purpose of imposing and levying ad valorem property taxes at different rates in each zone based upon services provided by the entity in each zone.

(5) In order to undertake any of the actions described in subsection (4)(a) to (c) of this section, the following steps must be completed in the following order:

(a) The board of directors of the intergovernmental entity, after consultation with the governing bodies of all affected cities and counties, must approve a preliminary resolution that sets forth with particularity the financial or geographic specifics of the measure sought to be approved, including but not limited to:

(A) The amount of bonds to be issued, purposes for which bond proceeds may be spent and the estimated amount of ad valorem property taxes pledged per $1,000 of assessed value for repayment of the bonds;

(B) The permanent rate limit for operating taxes being proposed;

(C) The amount, rate and duration of any local option taxes being proposed; and

(D) Any other information otherwise required by law or that the board determines to include in the preliminary resolution.

(b) The governing body of each city and county wholly or partially within the territory of the entity must, within one year, approve or reject the preliminary resolution by order or resolution of the city or county governing body, except that:

(A) In the case of a preliminary resolution that establishes proposed tax zones and does not seek a permanent rate limit on operating taxes, a city or county that lacks territory within those zones need not act on the preliminary resolution and approval by their governing bodies may not be sought; and

(B) The approval of the governing body of a county need not be obtained and may not be sought if the preliminary resolution does not seek a permanent rate limit on operating taxes and the only territory of the county within the proposed zone is also only within the boundaries of cities that have granted approval under this subsection.

(c) If the governing body of every city and county required to consider the question under paragraph (b) of this subsection approves the preliminary resolution, the board of directors of the entity, within 120 days of the last required governing body approval under paragraph (b) of this subsection, shall consider a final resolution that refers to voters one or more ballot measures that reflect the contents of the resolutions approved under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.

(d) Each ballot measure referred to voters as described in paragraph (c) of this subsection must be approved by voters in the same manner provided by law for approval of general obligation bonds, a permanent rate limit for operating taxes or local option taxes.

(6) If a permanent rate limit for operating taxes is approved by voters, the board of directors must thereafter obtain the approval of the governing body of each city in which operating taxes are to be imposed and of the governing body of each county in which operating taxes are to be imposed within unincorporated territory.

(7)(a) The procedures described in this subsection must be undertaken and completed in order to divide the territory of the entity into zones as described in subsection (4)(d) of this section and:

(A) Issue general obligation bonds not subject to limitation under Article XI, section 11 or 11b, of the Oregon Constitution, for which ad valorem property taxes are to be imposed within a zone of the territory of the entity that is based on different levels of service in the zone; or

(B) Impose local option taxes under ORS 280.040 (Definitions for ORS 280.040 to 280.145) to 280.145 (Serial levy under former law) in a zone of the territory of the entity that is based on different levels of service in the zone.

(b) The board of directors of the intergovernmental entity, after consultation with the governing bodies of all affected cities and counties in a proposed zone, must approve a preliminary resolution that sets forth:

(A) The geographic boundaries of the proposed zone in which taxes are to be imposed;

(B) The qualitative differences in the levels of service that are to be provided that justifies the establishment of the proposed zone;

(C) The amount of any bonds to be issued, purposes for which bond proceeds may be spent and the estimated amount of ad valorem property taxes pledged per $1,000 of assessed value for repayment of the bonds;

(D) The amount, rate and duration of any local option taxes being proposed; and

(E) Any other information otherwise required by law or that the board determines to include in the preliminary resolution.

(c) The governing body of each city and county wholly or partially within the proposed zone must, within one year, approve or reject the preliminary resolution by order or resolution of the city or county governing body.

(d) If the governing body of every city and county required to consider the question under paragraph (c) of this subsection approves the preliminary resolution, the board of directors of the intergovernmental entity, within 120 days of the last required governing body approval under paragraph (c) of this subsection, shall consider a final resolution that refers to voters in the proposed zone one or more ballot measures that reflect the contents of the resolutions approved under paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection.

(e) Each ballot measure referred to voters as described in paragraph (d) of this subsection must be approved by voters in the same manner provided by law for approval of general obligation bonds, a permanent rate limit for operating taxes, or local option taxes, except that if the final resolution includes dividing the territory of the entity into zones and does not establish a permanent rate limit for operating taxes:

(A) The election must be held in May or November; and

(B) The ballot measure must be approved by a majority of voters voting in the election in each zone in which taxes are to be imposed.

(8) A ballot measure that proposes measures described in subsections (5)(d) and (7)(e) of this section shall be combined in a proposed zone.

(9) If the voters approve a ballot measure in accordance with subsection (5)(d) or (7)(e) of this section:

(a) Any tax revenues collected thereafter may be expended only for the purposes specified in the measure; and

(b) In the case of a measure establishing tax zones within the territory of the intergovernmental entity, the tax revenues collected from each zone must be expended within the geographic area of the respective zone.

(10) Following the approval of a ballot measure described in subsection (5)(d) or (7)(e) of this section that authorizes ad valorem taxes of the intergovernmental entity to be imposed within the territory of one or more cities or counties, if the boundaries of an affected city or county change, the area in which taxes are to be imposed shall also be adjusted to reflect the boundary change. Any boundary change shall comply with the procedures set forth in ORS 308.225 (Boundary changes).

(11) If the territory of an intergovernmental entity is divided into zones under this section, the board of directors shall determine, make and declare the ad valorem property tax levy for each zone when the board adopts its budget for any fiscal year. If the board modifies the ad valorem property tax levy or boundaries of a zone, the board must first obtain the approval of each affected city’s governing body or, in the case of a zone that includes unincorporated territory, each affected county’s governing body. The determination of the amount of ad valorem property taxes to be levied in each zone shall be in accordance with the proposal approved by the voters under this section and shall be entered in the proper records of the intergovernmental entity. [2017 c.425 §2]

Note: Section 4, chapter 425, Oregon Laws 2017, provides:

Sec. 4. (1) The board of directors of an intergovernmental entity that was in existence on the day before the effective date of this 2017 Act [October 6, 2017] and that otherwise meets the requirements of section 2 (1) of this 2017 Act [190.088 (Alternative intergovernmental entity for transportation) (1)] shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of section 2 (2) of this 2017 Act.

(2) This section is repealed on January 2, 2029. [2017 c.425 §4]

Note: 190.088 (Alternative intergovernmental entity for transportation) and 190.091 (Board of directors duties) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 190 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of city to grant balance of its special port fund to newly formed port district, (1979) Vol 39, p 757

Chapter 190

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Motor Vehicles Division to enter into agree­ment to administer “license” tax by mass transit district, (1974) Vol 37, p 229; authority of Oregon Coastal Zone Manage­ment Associa­tion to file suit on behalf of member counties to challenge validity of state law, (1977) Vol 38, p 792

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 190—Cooperation of Governmental Units; State Census; Arbitration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors190.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 190, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano190.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.