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<br /> M I NUT E S <br /> e Eugene City Council Lunch/Work Session <br /> McNutt Room--City Hall <br /> October 21, 1987 <br /> 11:30 a.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: President Debra Ehrman, Freeman Holmer, Jeff Miller, <br /> Emily Schue, Ruth Bascom, Cynthia Wooten, Roger Rutan, <br /> Robert Bennett. <br /> I. EXTENSION OF AND REVISION TO THE TAX DIFFERENTIAL PLANS IN THE RIVER <br /> ROAD, SANTA CLARA, AND HIGHWAY 99 AREAS <br /> Ci ty Council President Debra Ehrman opened the work sessi on. Planning <br /> Director Susan Brody presented the staff report. She said that when the City <br /> Council had adopted an annexation program in April 1986, it also had approved <br /> a tax differential schedule that could be applied to properties in the River <br /> Road/Santa Clara area. Ms. Brody said the schedule would phase-in taxes for <br /> all residential, commercial, and industrial properties in the River Road area <br /> over a five-year period and for those in the Santa Clara area over a six-year <br /> period. She added that the reason for the difference in phasing was that <br /> Santa Clara residents currently paid less taxes than River Road residents did. <br /> Ms. Brody said the current tax differential plan was scheduled to expire in <br /> e March 1988, and staff recommended extending the plan for an additional year. <br /> She said the annexation program had been underway for one year now, positive <br /> results were being noticed, and the tax differential plan was a useful tool <br /> that should be continued. <br /> Ms. Brody said staff also suggested considering the possibility of using a <br /> ten-year tax differential approach for industrial properties in the Highway 99 <br /> area. She pointed out the locations of those industrial properties on a map. <br /> Ms. Brody said State 1 aw a 11 owed 1 oca 1 government tax differentials for <br /> periods of up to ten years. She said the longer phase-in had been suggested by <br /> several industrial property owners in the area, and staff then had <br /> investigated the idea and had contacted property owners for responses. She <br /> said 13 responses had been received and were described in staff notes. She <br /> said several property owners had indicated that the ten-year plan would make <br /> them more receptive to annexation. <br /> Ms. Brody said staff felt that a ten-year schedule for industrial properties <br /> was justifiable because the cost of providing services to them was lower than <br /> for residential properties and could be phased-in over a longer period of <br /> time. Industrial properties also added substantially to the tax base, she <br /> said. <br /> e MINUTES--Eugene City Council Lunch/Work Session October 21, 1987 Page 1 <br />