2017 ORS 285C.606¹
Determination of projects for tax exemption
  • limitations
  • revenue bond financing
  • first-source hiring agreements

(1) The State of Oregon, acting through the Oregon Business Development Commission, may determine that real and personal property constituting a project shall receive the tax exemption provided in ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) if:

(a) The project is an eligible project;

(b) The project directly benefits a traded sector industry, as defined in ORS 285B.280 (Definition of “traded sector”); and

(c) The total cost of the project equals or exceeds:

(A) $100 million; or

(B) $25 million, if the project is located in a rural area.

(2) In addition to and not in lieu of the determination described in subsection (1) of this section, the State of Oregon, acting through the Oregon Business Development Commission, shall determine that real and personal property constituting a project shall receive the tax exemption provided in ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) if:

(a) The requirements of subsection (1) of this section are met; and

(b) The project is to be constructed or installed in a strategic investment zone established under ORS 285C.623 (Strategic investment zones).

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (1) or (2) of this section, property may not qualify for the tax exemption under ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) if the property:

(a) Was previously owned or leased by the business firm benefiting from the tax exemption;

(b) Was previously exempt under ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) for any period of time; or

(c) If located in a strategic investment zone, is not newly constructed or newly installed property.

(4) The State of Oregon, acting through the State Treasurer, may authorize and issue revenue bonds for an eligible project that qualifies for exemption under ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) if the project also is eligible for funding through the issuance of revenue bonds under ORS 285B.320 (Purpose of ORS 285B.320 to 285B.371) to 285B.371 (State interest in eligible projects not necessary for loans).

(5) A business firm that will be benefited by an eligible project shall enter into a first-source hiring agreement with a publicly funded job training provider that will remain in effect until the end of the tax exemption period.

(6) If an eligible project is leased or subleased to any person, the lessee shall be required to pay property taxes levied upon or with respect to the leased premises only in accordance with ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects).

(7) For purposes of determining the assessment and taxation of the eligible project in ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) and the calculation of the community services fee in ORS 285C.609 (Request by county) (4)(b), the Oregon Business Development Commission, when it determines that the project is an eligible project, shall:

(a) Describe the real and personal property to be included in the eligible project;

(b) Establish the maximum value of the property subject to exemption; or

(c) Employ a comparable method to define the eligible project.

(8) Property of an eligible project that is currently exempt under ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) may remain exempt for any remaining period of exemption allowed under ORS 307.123 (Property of strategic investment program eligible projects) upon the property being acquired by a business firm that is different from the business firm that initially benefited from the exemption, if the acquiring firm satisfies all applicable requirements under ORS 285C.600 (Definitions for ORS 285C.600 to 285C.635) to 285C.635 (Determination of personal income tax revenue) and assumes the obligations, conditions, requirements and other terms of the agreement described in ORS 285C.609 (Request by county) (4). [Formerly 285B.383; 2005 c.237 §4]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 285C—Economic Development Iii, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors285C.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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.