Despite what you may have heard, Oregon is a very cost-competitive place to do business.
- #1 Lowest Total Effective Business Tax Rate, Ernst & Young C.O.S.T. Study, 2012
- Top 10 Lowest Cost of Doing Business, CNBC, 2011
The Partnership recently up-dated a multi-state cost comparison for a 20-employee and a 200-employee manufacturing firm.
In comparison to other Oregon locations, Douglas County maintains a very competitive tax and cost structure for business. First, in terms of development:
- Low industrial land costs — with credits available for job creation when purchasing County-owned land.
- NO County-wide System Development Charges or impact fees
And also in terms of on-going costs:
- Very low (under $10/$1000) property taxes
- Competitive wage rates
- Excellent Utility Costs
- $.04 to $.065 per kwh for industrial electricity (Pacific Power)
- $.50 per therm for moderate industrial natural gas users; $.15 to as low as $.06 per therm for high demand users (Avista)
- Extremely low combined heating/cooling degree days for the Pacific NW