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City Hall event draws leaders to town discuss issues driving economic vitality

Finance, land use reform, 9-1-1 tax among topics to be discussed


The city of Beaverton, in partnership with the League of Oregon Cities, will host a forum for state and local policy makers from Beaverton, Portland and Tigard on Tuesday, Sept. 18, as part of "City Hall Week."

Beaverton will be among 21 cities across Oregon participating during the week of Sept. 17-21 to lead discussions with legislators and candidates on issues that support the economic vitality and stability of Oregon communities.

Beaverton will host the event on Sept. 18 in City Council Chambers in Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Dr., beginning at noon. City officials, state lawmakers and legislative candidates will share ideas and perspectives prior to the 2013 legislative session.

Officials planning to attend include Senator Mark Hass, D-Senate District 14 and Reps. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, Margaret Doherty, D-Tigard and Chris Harker, D-Washington County; Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle; Beaverton City Councilors Catherine Arnold, Betty Bode, Marc San Soucie and Cathy Stanton; Tigard City Councilors Gretchen Buehner and Mark Woodard.

Among the issues discussed will be finance reform, land use reform, resetting assessed value at sale, jobs/economic development initiative, and renewal of the 9-1-1 tax.

Cities are urging the Legislature to:

• Refer a constitutional amendment to voters allowing local option levies of up to 10 years and an option to have a local option levy be outside of compression;

• Refer a constitutional amendment to restore equity in Oregon's property tax system by resetting assessed value to real market value when a property is sold or constructed, in a fashion that does not adversely affect local option levies;

• Support recapitalizing the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund Program; support the Patient Capital for Industrial Lands Infrastructure Pilot Program; and support the Employment Site Re-Use/Redevelopment Pilot Program; and

• Pass legislation renewing the state's 9-1-1 tax, containing elements that enhance the delivery of 9-1-1 services.

As city governments face increasing fiscal pressures they would like greater flexibility to manage their affairs, City Hall Week represents a proactive approach to raising awareness of critical issues affecting local jurisdictions.

"City officials are well aware of the issues that impact their communities,” Doyle said. "Local officials have been elected to represent their communities and legislators are elected to represent the same constituents. City Hall Week will ensure that local voices gain the attention of legislators and candidates."

The public is welcome to attend the event. Because of limited seating, please RSVP with Ariana Denney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-526-2487 by Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.

For more information about the city's Capital Improvement Projects, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/CIP.