Urban Road Maintenance District
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. URMD Ordinance No. 4.
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 (streets designated as neighborhood routes or locals) that are "below the radar" for other maintenance funds and have no city to take care of them. See URMD map.
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.
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. Two surface treatments are used on URMD roads: asphalt overlays and slurry seals. For efficiency purposes, treatments are alternated each year (asphalt overlays one year, slurry seals the next).
Related: Annual Road Maintenance Program
What are URMD Pedestrian and Biking Improvement projects?
Since 2011, URMD funds can also be used to construct URMD Pedestrian and Biking Improvement Projects - small-scale pedestrian and bicycle-related improvements.
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 approximately 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.
Let us know how we're doing! Send your comments to URMD Customer Satisfaction.