The Corvallis City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd., with the key agenda item a 6:30 p.m. public hearing on city plans for the renewal of its local option property tax levy.

The current five-year levy, which expires June 30, 2019, raises approximately $4 million per year for a wide range of city services, including the library, pool, senior center, social services and staff positions in fire, police, planning and code enforcement.

The current levy costs property owners 82 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or $246 for property assessed at $300,000. City staff have prepared five options (see this story online for the full report) that would fund differing levels of services from $4.1 million per year to $8.4 million per year, with rates ranging from the current 82 cents per $1,000 up to $1.70 per $1,000.

This meeting will be the best opportunity for residents to chime in on plans for replacing the levy. Councilors will review the current options and the community feedback at its 4 p.m. Thursday work session at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave.

The council also will discuss the levy at its March 19 meeting and is scheduled to pass a resolution sending the issue to the November ballot at its April 16 session.

In other public meetings:


• The League of Women Voters of Corvallis is hosting a forum at 10 a.m. at the library for area members of the Legislature to discuss the current session. Invited are Sen. Sara Gelser and Reps. Andy Olson, Dan Rayfield and Mike Nearman.

• The Corvallis-Economic Development Advisory Board meets at 3 p.m. at the Madison room.


• The Corvallis Airport Advisory Board meets at 7 a.m. at the Madison room.

• The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session at 9 a.m. in the county boardrooms, 205 NW Fifth St., Corvallis, to discuss the Linn-Benton Housing Authority, the Extension Service District and 2040 internal committees.

• The Benton County Board of Commissioners will meet at noon in the county boardrooms, 205 NW Fifth St., Corvallis. The agenda includes a public hearing on a petition to annex territory into the Philomath Fire and Rescue District, weight limits on two county bridges, right of way dedication on Northwest Harrison Boulevard and other matters.

• The Philomath Public Works Committee meets at 5 p.m. at 1515 Willow Lane to discuss capital improvement projects and sewer rates.

• The Philomath Park Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 980 Applegate St. to discuss naming the park on 11th Street and bands that will play in Music in the Park.


• The Corvallis Housing and Community Development Advisory Board meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Madison room and will discuss the current status of recommendations from a city task forcing on housing.

• The Corvallis Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Madison room. Members will hear from Paul Bilotta, community development director, on the group’s responsibilities in meeting state land use goals on public participation.

• The Corvallis Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the downtown fire station. No public hearings are scheduled. Commissioners will discuss land-use survey responses that were collected during the buildable lands inventory project and discuss upcoming land development code text amendments on expedited land divisions and planned development overlay removals.


• The Corvallis Civic Beautification and Urban Forestry Department Advisory Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 SW Avery Park Drive.

• A neighborhood meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Chintimini Senior and Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., to discuss a plan by Bonaventure to build a senior living center on property just above the Kings Boulevard-Walnut Boulevard intersection.

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