Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.144
Economic improvement district

  • business license fee ordinance


A council, on its own motion or after receiving a petition for the formation of an economic improvement district signed by 33 percent or more of persons conducting business within the proposed district, may enact an ordinance establishing a procedure to be followed by the city in imposing a business license fee to raise revenue for the cost of an economic improvement. The business license fee authorized under this subsection may be in the form of a surcharge on an existing business license fee imposed by the city on any business, trade, occupation or profession carried on or practiced in the economic improvement district.


In any ordinance adopted under subsection (1) of this section, a city shall not be authorized to:


Include within an economic improvement district any area of the city that is not zoned for commercial or industrial use.


Impose a business license fee to raise revenue for an economic improvement that does not primarily benefit persons conducting business within the economic improvement district. [1991 c.698 §2]
Chapter 223

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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