Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.112
Definitions for ORS 223.112 to 223.132

As used in ORS 223.112 (Definitions for ORS 223.112 to 223.132) to 223.132 (Formation of economic improvement districts as additional power of cities), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Council” means the city council or other controlling body of a city.


“Economic improvement” means:


The planning or management of development or improvement activities.


Landscaping or other maintenance of public areas.


Promotion of commercial activity or public events.


Activities in support of business recruitment and development.


Improvements in parking systems or parking enforcement.


Any other economic improvement activity for which an assessment may be made on property specially benefited thereby. [1985 c.576 §1; 1991 c.902 §4]
§§ 223.112 to 223.132

Notes of Decisions

Assessment ordinance is legislative decision, not quasi-judicial decision that only may be challenged by writ of review. Kozak v. City of Bend, 231 Or App 163, 217 P3d 1118 (2009)

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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


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