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Enterprise Zone

The City of Stayton is pleased that its application to the Oregon Business Development Department for the designation of most of the industrially zoned land as an Enterprise Zone has been approved, effective July 1, 2010.


The Enterprise Zone provides a short term (3 to 5 year) exemption from property taxes on improvements to qualified businesses that increase employment in the zone.  Since inception of the Enterprise Zone in 2010, there have been three business expansions approved for tax exemptions, Littau Harvester for an estimated value of $575,000 in improvements with 9 new jobs and Willamette Valley Lumber for an estimated value of improvements of $1,560,000 with 35 new jobs, and Redbuilt, LLC for an estimated value of improvements of $2.8 million with 14 new jobs.


Basic, 3–year enterprise zone exemption (“as–of–right”)


  • Increase full-time, permanent employment of the firm inside the enterprise zone by the greater of one new job or 10%
  • Generally no concurrent job losses outside/beyond the zone boundary
  • Maintain minimum employment levels during exemption period
  • Enter into first-source agreement with local job training providers


Extended Abatement, of 4 or 5 years  — same as 3–year, plus . . .

  • “Compensation” of new workers at 150 percent of the Marion County average wage
  • Local approval by written agreement with the City


Click on the links below for a map of the Enterprise Zone, and other materials about Enterprise Zones.  More detailed information can be found on the Business Oregon website.


The City of Stayton has made arrangements with the Strategic Enterprise Development Corporation in Salem to assist in the management of the Enterprise Zone.  Businesses can receive assistance in completing the paperwork to qualify and receive the tax exemptions by contacting SEDCOR.

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