Urban Road Maintenance District
Next URMD Advisory Committee meeting: June 19, 2013
New! URMD 2011-2012 Annual Report (PDF) (6/7/13)
Proposals for Minor Betterments due July 15 (6/6/13)
Public invited to comment on draft road maintenance program (3/14/13)
Committee recommends six safety projects (1/15/13)
Annual Road Maintenance Program Approved by Board (6/26/12)
Safety improvements now eligible for URMD funding (11/22/11)
What is the Urban Road Maintenance District?
The Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD) was created by the Board of County Commissioners and approved by voters in urban unincorporated Washington County in 1987. URMD is a county service district, formed under ORS Chapter 451.
At the time URMD was formed, urban local roads had deteriorated due to lack of funding for preventive maintenance. The intent was to fund maintenance to prevent further deterioration, protect the traveling public, enhance property values and promote economic development.
Although it was formed in 1987, voters did not approve funding for URMD until 1994.
What does URMD cost?
Voters in the urban unincorporated area approved an ad valorem property tax levy of $0.365 in 1994, which became a permanent rate of $0.2456 upon approval of Ballot Measure 50 in 1997.
Property owners in the URMD pay $0.2456 per $1,000 assessed value. The owner of a home with an assessed value of $200,000 pays less than $50 per year for URMD.
What is URMD's purpose?
URMD provides preventive road maintenance services for public roads within URMD boundaries, except roads that are designated as Arterials or Collectors on the Washington County Transportation Plan. URMD maintains about 430 miles of neighborhood streets that are "below the radar" for other maintenance funds and have no city to take care of them.
In September 2011, the Board expanded the services eligible for URMD funding to include construction of safety improvements. All roads under county jurisdiction within the District are eligible for safety improvements, including Arterials and Collectors. The amount of funding allocated for safety improvements in any given year will be determined during the annual budget process. The URMD Advisory Committee will have input into selection of safety improvement projects.
How well is URMD doing?
Before URMD was funded, over 80 miles of local neighborhood roads within URMD were in "poor" or "very poor" condition. Only 77% were in "fair" or better condition. The initial goal of URMD was to bring the overall condition of the system up to "fair" or better. That goal has been met and maintained.
What are URMD's maintenance plans?
Pavement maintenance is URMD's primary responsibility. Efficient and cost-effective maintenance planning and cyclical preventive maintenance surface treatments are key. URMD roads are routinely inspected and scheduled for cost-effective and timely preventive maintenance as needed.
How to get involved?
The Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee (URMDAC) works with county staff and advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to road maintenance provided by URMD. URMDAC reviews and makes recommendations regarding service levels and annual work programs, assists in evaluating the cost effectiveness and efficiency of URMD, and advises on continuation of URMD and/or other long-range funding opportunities for road maintenance. Meetings are open to the public. URMDAC meets once a month.
The Urban Road Maintenance District Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget developed for the Urban Road Maintenance District. The URMD Budget Committee meets once a year.
For more information or to request a service:
Residents, property owners, and users of URMD-eligible local neighborhood streets may inquire about or request URMD services or report road problems to 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. An online form is also available to request a service or report a road-related problem.