2017 ORS 308.516¹
Certain exceptions to ORS 308.515

(1) A company is not a company described in ORS 308.515 (Department to make annual assessment of designated utilities and companies) (1) to the extent that the company furnishes undiluted liquefied or industrial gas in bottles, tanks or similar containers.

(2) A company is not a company described in ORS 308.515 (Department to make annual assessment of designated utilities and companies) (1) if:

(a) The company generates electricity primarily for the company’s own use and makes no more than incidental sales of the company’s surplus electricity to other persons; or

(b)(A) The company’s generating facility is primarily fueled by wood waste or other biomass fuel;

(B) The generating facility has a maximum capacity of 20 megawatts; and

(C) The company, if selling the generated electricity, does so only directly to an electric utility, as defined in ORS 758.505 (Definitions for ORS 758.505 to 758.555), for the electric utility’s distribution to utility customers.

(3)(a) A company that is in the business of communication and is the owner or lessee of a data center is not a company described in ORS 308.515 (Department to make annual assessment of designated utilities and companies) (1) if the historical or original cost of all real and tangible personal property, other than data centers, that is owned or leased by the company in Oregon, is in service and is used by the company in the business of communication, is less than or equal to 10 percent of the historical or original cost of the real and tangible personal property of all data centers owned, leased or used by the company in Oregon and all additions to the data center property.

(b) For purposes of this subsection, property other than data centers used in the business of communication does not include property to the extent the property constitutes:

(A) An office;

(B) A warehouse;

(C) A manufacturing plant;

(D) A retail outlet;

(E) Property used in connection with a data center to generate electricity; or

(F) Electricity generated by property described in subparagraph (E) of this paragraph.

(4) For purposes of ORS 308.515 (Department to make annual assessment of designated utilities and companies) (1), a company is not a company in the business of communication solely because the company manufactures or holds out for sale property used by any person in communication. [2012 c.103 §3; 2015 c.23 §7]

Notes of Decisions

The wa­ter system in a planned unit develop­ment was properly assessed by the Depart­ment of Revenue as having value for which taxes should have been assessed. Brooks Resources v. Dept. of Rev., 276 Or 1177, 538 P2d 312 (1976)

In valuing a railroad, the weight to be given each approach customarily used (cost, stock and debt, and income) and the varia­tion among appraisers in the minutiae of their methods, if in dispute, are left to the court to consider. Burlington Northern v. Dept. of Rev., 8 OTR 19 (1979), as modified by 291 Or 729, 635 P2d 347 (1981)

Land infested with tansy ragwort and therefore not used to obtain a profit was properly disqualified for special assess­ment at true cash value for farm use. Shepherd v. Dept. of Rev., 8 OTR 122 (1979)

While it is allowable to use only one approach in valuing prop­erty, whether in any given assess­ment one approach should be used exclusive of the others or is preferable to an­oth­er or to combina­tion of approaches is ques­tion of fact to be determined by the court. Pacific Power and Light Co. v. Dept. of Rev., 286 Or 529, 596 P2d 912 (1979)

Central assess­ment statutes create excep­tion to public prop­erty tax exemp­tion out­lined in ORS 307.090 (Property of the state, counties and other municipal corporations). Pacificorp Power Marketing v. Dept. of Revenue, 340 Or 204, 131 P3d 725 (2006)

Law Review Cita­tions

26 WLR 714 (1990)

Chapter 308

Notes of Decisions

Programs administered by Depart­ment of Revenue that allow preferential assess­ment for farm and forestland are not “programs affecting land use” and are not subject to require­ment of statewide goal and local comprehensive plan compliance under ORS 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities). Springer v. LCDC, 111 Or App 262, 826 P2d 54 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion of Article XI, sec­tion 11b of Oregon Constitu­tion to this chapter, (1990) Vol 46, p 388

Law Review Cita­tions

5 EL 516 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 308—Assessment of Property for Taxation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors308.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 308, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano308.­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.