(1) Any person proposing to construct a facility who has applied for and obtained the necessary preliminary construction permits or certificates and the governing body of any taxing unit obligated to furnish services, buildings or other resources in the area in which the construction is to take place may enter into an agreement to carry out the purposes of ORS 311.850 (Findings). An agreement entered into under this section shall contain provisions pertaining to and in accordance with the following:
(a) The payment of moneys to the taxing unit by the person proposing to construct the facility. The person shall make the payment prior to or during the period of the construction.
(b) The amounts of the payments to be made by the person proposing to construct the facility and the dates for making the payments.
(c) A reduction in real market value for the facility for purposes of computing the rate of levy of the taxing unit entering into the agreement for each year of a period of years, not to exceed 10, commencing on or in the course of completion of the construction of the facility. The amount of reduction allowed by the agreement shall be a percentage amount, not to exceed 50 percent, of the real market value of the facility as of any assessment date affected by the reduction, and may be fixed or graduated over the period of years for which the reduction is allowed. The total reduction allowed by the agreement shall result in a tax benefit for the facility that is estimated to be equivalent to the total amount of payments made under the agreement to the taxing unit, plus interest at the maximum rate of eight percent per annum from the date of each payment. In no event, however, shall the total reduction in real market value during the period of years of reduction cause a total reduction in taxes that exceeds the total amount of moneys previously paid plus interest.
(2) A copy of an agreement entered into under this section shall be filed with the county assessor of each county in which a taxing unit that is a party to the agreement is located.
(3) Prior to April 1 preceding the first tax year for which the exemption granted by ORS 311.865 (Exemption) applies, the governing body of the taxing unit that is a party to the agreement may certify to the county assessor that all payments have been made to the taxing unit in accordance with the terms of the agreement. The county assessor may not grant the exemption for any year unless the county assessor has received such certificate. Review of denial of an exemption under this section shall be as provided by ORS 305.275 (Persons who may appeal due to acts or omissions). [1975 c.563 §3; 1979 c.772 §18; 1991 c.459 §262; 2005 c.94 §67]