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Oregon cities lay out top priorities in Salem

Property tax reform, transportation funding, marijuana clarity

SALEM, Ore. - The League of Oregon Cities has targeted the following five issues as legislative
priorities for the 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature:

--Property Tax Finance Reform:
o Introduce a constitutional amendment allowing the option to have a local option
levy outside compression;
o Restore equity in Oregon's property tax system by resetting assessed value to real
market value when a property is sold or constructed; and
o Improve the fairness of how new and improved property is added to the state's
property tax rolls.

--Transportation Funding:
o Pass a comprehensive transportation funding and policy package.

o Work to clarify and enhance public safety and local control related to marijuana.

-- Protect City Right-of-Way Authority:
o Oppose legislation preempting the ability of cities to manage and receive
compensation for the use of public rights-of-way.

--Mental Health Resources:
o Support increased resources across the state for persons with mental health
issues, especially in crisis situations.

The League will also be making a concerted effort during the 2015 session to seek funding for long-term water supply needs and on issues related to the perfection of municipal water rights.

These priorities will be the focus of City Hall Week September 8-12, a series of regional meetings hosted by cities throughout Oregon during which legislative candidates will be briefed on the League's position on each issue. The priorities were formally adopted by the LOC Board of Directors on August 1.

About the League of Oregon Cities
Founded in 1925, the League of Oregon Cities is a voluntary association representing all 242 of Oregon's incorporated cities. The League helps cities serve their citizens by providing legislative advocacy services, policy consultation, intergovernmental relations assistance, networking and training, technical assistance and publications.

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