Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.141
Definitions for ORS 223.141 to 223.161

As used in ORS 223.141 (Definitions for ORS 223.141 to 223.161) to 223.161 (Effect of local improvement districts or urban renewal districts), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Business license fee” means any fee paid by a person to a city for any form of license that is required by the city in order to conduct business in that city.


“Conducting business” means to engage in any business, trade, occupation or profession in pursuit of gain including activities carried on by a person through officers, agents and employees as well as activities carried on by a person on that person’s own behalf.


“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. [1991 c.698 §1]
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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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