2015 ORS 223.147¹
Requirements of business license fee ordinance

(1) An ordinance adopted under ORS 223.144 (Economic improvement district), shall provide for enactment of a business license fee ordinance that:

(a) Describes the economic improvement project to be undertaken or constructed.

(b) Contains a preliminary estimate of the probable cost of the economic improvement.

(c) Describes the boundaries of the district in which property will be assessed.

(d) Specifies the number of years, to a maximum of five, in which business license fees for the economic improvement will be imposed.

(e) Contains provision for notices to be mailed or delivered personally to affected persons that announce the intention of the council to construct or undertake the economic improvement project and to impose a business license fee upon persons conducting business within the district for a part or all of the cost. The notice shall state the time and place of the public hearing required under paragraph (f) of this subsection.

(f) Provides for a hearing not sooner than 30 days after the mailing or delivery of notices to affected persons at which the persons may appear to support or object to the proposed improvement and business license fee.

(2) The ordinance shall also:

(a) Provide that if, after the hearing held under subsection (1)(f) of this section, the council determines that the economic improvement shall be made, the council shall determine whether the businesses benefited shall bear all or a portion of the cost and shall determine, based on the actual or estimated cost of the economic improvement, the amount of the business license fee.

(b) Require notice of such proposed business license fee to be mailed or personally delivered to each person conducting business within the proposed economic improvement district, which notice shall state the amount of the business license fee. The notice shall state the time and place of a public hearing at which affected persons may appear to support or object to the proposed business license fee. The hearing shall not be held sooner than 30 days after the mailing or personal delivery of the notices.

(c) Provide that the council shall consider the objections of persons subject to the proposed business license fee and may adopt, correct, modify or revise the proposed business license fee.

(d) Provide that the business license fee will not be imposed and the economic improvement project terminated when written objections are received at the public hearing from more than 33 percent of persons conducting business within the economic improvement district who will be subject to the proposed business license fee. [1991 c.698 §3]

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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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