How does Urban Renewal work?

The Oregon Constitution allows the Legislature to set up a system to finance urban renewal. This law gives each city and county the ability to activate an urban renewal agency with the power to propose and act on plans and projects to remove "blight." Examples of blight include buildings that are unsafe or unfit for occupancy or the existence of inadequate streets. The area where the work is to be done is known as a "plan area."

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1. How is property valued?
2. What value do I pay taxes on?
3. Why do I have improvements (changed to structures in 2012) on my tax statement when I have made none to my property?
4. How are my taxes calculated?
5. Why did I get two tax statements when I only have one piece of property?
6. How do I change my mailing address?
7. How do I change an incorrect situs address on my account?
8. What do I need to do to add my new married name to my tax account?
9. How do I remove my deceased spouse's name from my tax account?
10. How does ownership change?
11. What is Urban Renewal?
12. How does Urban Renewal work?
13. How is urban renewal funded?
14. What is the Local Option Tax?