Transportation Update
With less than a month remaining in the legislative session a sense of urgency is readily apparent around the transportation package and general fund budgets. There is a new version of  House Bill (HB) 2017 due out any moment. Most likely, the draft will be released Wednesday or Thursday and the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization (JCTPM) will meet Friday or Saturday, but this is subject to change. As always, we will send out links to the draft bill, index and executive summary as they become available. Stay tuned.

Policy Updates
On June 12, the House Committee on Revenue unanimously sent House Bill (HB) 3459A to the full House for passage. The bill would provide a property tax exemption for all real and personal property of certain types of retail stores related to care of domestic animals. The store must be owned by a nonprofit ... read more
Property Tax Exemption is the Tool On June 13, Senate Bill (SB) 311B took one of its final steps to passage by being amended and approved by the House Committee on Revenue. The bill had passed the Senate with no "nay" votes, and the House Committee action was also without objection. SB 311B ... read more
There has not been a lot of movement on any bills that Energy, Environment, and Land Use (EELU) endorsed this week but a couple of agency budgets continued to move. BIOMASS - The -6 amendments of Senate Bill (SB) 634 were recently published and there seems to be general ... read more
Today marks the end of week 20 of the Legislative Session. Regional Solutions - Click here to view AOC's letter in support of 2.5 percent video lottery allocation. Taxes & Revenue Budget Discussion:  The "provider tax" passed out of the House June 15. As drafted, the package will ... read more
Property Taxation: Business Personal Property and Manufactured Housing Measure Moves Toward Passage; Exempt Leases; City Change Property Ratio
On June 7th the Senate Committee on Finance & Revenue unanimously sent  House Bill (HB) 2573A to the full Senate for passage.  One part of  HB 2573A  attempts to make ... read more
Life Flight Network Spawned Magistrate Case ORS 307.022 provides that a limited liability corporation (LLC) wholly owned by one or more nonprofit corporations shall qualify for a property tax exemption or special assessment if all the owners  ... read more

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Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference Materials 
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has extended their thanks and appreciation to Deschutes County and all that participated in the 2017 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference. NACo is making many resources from the conference available to those interested via the link below. Also, mark your calendars for the next  WIR Conference scheduled for  May 23-25, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. 

June 22 at 3 p.m. marks the beginning of quarterly webinars that will give smaller counties the opportunity to get their information technology (IT) questions answered by ... read more
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Partner Spotlight
Why you shouldn't use mag-chloride for dust control if you care about the environment - Have you ever traveled down a mountain road and noticed along the roadsides there seems to be a considerable amount of trees that look sick and dying? If so, you may be seeing vegetation being adversely  ... read more

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The Last Word
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