2015 ORS 223.114¹
Economic improvement
  • assessment ordinance

(1) A council may enact an ordinance establishing a procedure to be followed by the city in making assessments for the cost of an economic improvement upon the lots which are specially benefited by all or part of the improvement.

(2) In any ordinance adopted under subsection (1) of this section, a city shall not be authorized to:

(a) Levy assessments in an economic improvement district in any year that exceed one percent of the real market value of all the real property located within the district.

(b) Include within an economic improvement district any area of the city that is not zoned for commercial or industrial use.

(c) Levy assessments on residential real property or any portion of a structure used for residential purposes. [1985 c.576 §2; 1989 c.1018 §3; 1991 c.459 §350; 1991 c.902 §5]

Notes of Decisions

Assess­ment ordinance is legislative decision, not quasi-judicial decision that only may be challenged by writ of review. Kozak v. City of Bend, 231 Or App 163, 217 P3d 1118 (2009)

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Notes of Decisions

Fact that ordinance, which charged fee to prop­erty owners taking advantage of privilege of making connec­tion to city wa­ter system, specified that pay­ment would be secured by liens which would be "enforced" in matter provided by this chapter did not, of itself, show that such charges were "assess­ments." Montgomery Brothers v. City of Corvallis, 34 Or App 785, 580 P2d 190 (1978)

Circuit court has jurisdic­tion to determine merits of assess­ment, but cannot address whether assess­ment is subject to constitu­tional limits on prop­erty taxes. Martin v. City of Tigard, 14 OTR 517 (1999), aff'd 335 Or 444, 72 P3d 619 (2003)

State statutory pro­ce­dures for financing local improve­ments are not exclusive and do not displace consistent local pro­ce­dures. Baker v. City of Woodburn, 190 Or App 445, 79 P3d 901 (2003), Sup Ct review denied


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 223—Local Improvements and Works Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors223.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 223, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano223.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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