ORS 308A.050¹
Legislative intent

The Legislative Assembly recognizes that agriculture and related land uses contribute significantly to Oregon’s character and economy. The Legislative Assembly finds that providing the means for agriculture to continue and prosper is in the interest of all residents of this state, who benefit directly or indirectly from agricultural production and stewardship of farmlands and ranchlands. Valuation of farm properties based upon market data from sales for investment or other purposes not connected with bona fide farm use encourages the conversion of agricultural land to other uses. The identification of agricultural land for farm use, as provided by law, substantially limits alternative uses of such land and justifies the valuation of that land based on its agricultural production capability. Therefore, it is the declared intent of the Legislative Assembly that bona fide farm properties be assessed for ad valorem property tax purposes at a value that is exclusive of values attributable to urban influences or speculative purposes. [1999 c.314 §1; 2017 c.315 §10]

(formerly 308.740 to 308.790)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Criteria to apply in classifying land as open space, (1972) Vol 35, p 1273; golf course as open space land, (1980) Vol 40, p 288

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 308A—Land Special Assessments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors308A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 308A, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano308A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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