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<br />April 15, 2020, Work Session – Item 2 <br />EUGENE CITY COUNCIL <br />AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY Work Session: Proposed Use of Affordable Housing Trust Fund Resources Meeting Date: April 15, 2020 Agenda Item Number: 2 Department: Planning and Development Staff Contact: Stephanie Jennings <br /> Contact Telephone Number: 541-682-5529 <br /> <br />ISSUE STATEMENT Eugene City Council and State Legislature both recognize traditional funding sources for affordable housing—especially federal sources—have declined over time. The reduction in resources available for affordable housing has challenged our community’s ability to meet the housing needs of Eugene residents with limited incomes. To help address this issue, Eugene City Council passed Ordinance No. 20609 (Attachment A) in April 2019 implementing a local construction excise tax that will contribute to an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The ordinance went into effect on July 1, 2019. Eugene City Council also dedicated $500,000 in General Fund dollars through Senate Bill 1 in December 2019. During this work session, staff will provide a recommended allocation in accordance with the guidance provided by council during the work session held on July 24, 2019. At this time, a total of an estimated $800,000 in AHTF resources are available for allocation. <br /> <br /> <br />BACKGROUND In 2016, Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1533 authorizing Oregon cities and counties to establish a construction excise tax. The law authorizes a city or county to tax new residential and commercial buildings, additions, and alterations. A CET is a one-time tax imposed on new construction where an established tax rate (percentage) is multiplied by the permit valuation of the construction permit. The CET is assessed at the time building permits are issued. On April 8, 2019, City Council passed an ordinance establishing a local CET. From July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, residential and commercial projects will be taxed at .33 percent of the permitted value of eligible improvements. Beginning July 1, 2020, and thereafter, the tax increases to .50 percent. During the first two years, CET charges will be offset by a reduction in System Development Charges and permit fees so that additional costs are not added to improvements subject to the tax. The revenue generated through the CET will accrue in the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to support programs, incentives and services related to the housing of households earning 100 percent of area medium income and below. In addition, the City intends to designate $500,000 per year of City funds to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. A fact sheet regarding the tax and its implementation is included as Attachment B. <br />CC Agenda - Page 1