This revenue supports the maintenance and construction of existing roadways, excluding Highway 99 and Hall Boulevard, which are state roads. Historically, Tigard roads have been maintained by the state gas tax, a source of funding that is not indexed for inflation and thus has not kept pace with the road usage, operations and maintenance costs.
Tigard is one of 18 Oregon cities that have adopted street maintenance fees to close the gap between local needs and state dollars. For more than a decade, the city has used its SMF to supplement the lack of funding from the state gas tax. By having a locally based fee, communities are provided with a stable source of revenue to pay for maintenance and repairs in a timely and efficient manner.
Fee Increase in January 2017
On March 22, 2016, the City Council approved an SMF increase from $5.30/month to $6.56/month per house, with corresponding amounts for businesses, scheduled for Jan. 1, 2017. This was intended to address a backlog of projects over the next 20 years. Tigard’s SMF was last adjusted in 2010 to check the yearly deterioration of streets and keep them from getting worse. It did not address a 22-mile backlog of streets needing paving due to a lack of funds.
In November 2016, residents turned down Ballot Measure 34-256. This would have replaced the SMF increase with funding from a 5 cents per gallon city gas tax increase that also would have supported some capital projects. Because the measure did not pass, the increase adopted earlier in 2016 takes effect on the first day of January 2017.
The Street Maintenance Fee is a monthly user fee dedicated to the maintenance of existing roadways and rights-of-way within Tigard. The fee was recommended by a citizen task force and established by the City Council in 2003.
|Customer Type||Monthly Fee
Residential/Multi-Family (per unit)
- Religious Institutions
Religious institutions are charged half the normal fee assessed to non-residential businesses, resulting in a 125 space maximum for those that reach the 250 space limit. This decision was made because parking requirements for these institutions are relatively high to accommodate large services, while the parking lots are not fully utilized during the week.
- Vacant Property
A property must be occupied to be assessed the fee. If a property is unoccupied for 30 days or more, the owner may apply for a fee waiver for that period.