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Benton County reminds businesses of March 15 deadline for Business Personal Property Returns (Photo) - 02/28/24

As the deadline approaches for Business Personal Property Returns, Benton County is reminding business owners to submit returns by March 15, 2024.

All businesses, including those operating as sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs, are required to file returns annually. The Business Personal Property Return includes information about assets such as equipment, machinery, furniture, and fixtures used in the operation of a business.

Oregon state law mandates that all business personal property be assessed for taxation purposes. These assessments are used to determine property taxes owed by businesses and are an essential source of revenue for funding local government services, including schools, roads, and public safety.

Failure to submit the Business Personal Property Return by the March 15 deadline may result in late filing penalties.

Business owners can obtain the necessary forms and instructions for filing their Business Personal Property Returns from the Benton County Assessor’s Office website or by contacting the office directly at 541-766-6855. Additionally, the Assessor’s Office staff are available to assist businesses with any questions or concerns they may have regarding the filing process.

For more information or assistance regarding Business Personal Property Returns, please contact the Benton County Assessor’s Office.


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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Benton County Calls for Public Participation in Advisory Boards and Committees (Photo) - 02/12/24

Benton County is looking for qualified individuals to contribute to the community’s growth and development by serving on various advisory boards and committees. The public is encouraged to apply for vacancies in several crucial areas, fostering civic engagement and collaboration.

The following advisory boards and committees are currently seeking dedicated individuals to fill key roles:

  • Courthouse Preservation – 1 Position
  • Disposal Site – 4 Positions
  • Environment & Natural Resources – 4 Positions
  • Fair Board – 1 Position
  • Food Service – 1 Position
  • Mental Health, Addictions, and Developmental Disabilities – 4 Positions

Participation in these advisory bodies provides a unique opportunity for community members to actively contribute to decision-making processes that shape policies and initiatives affecting Benton County. Each vacancy represents a chance for individuals to lend their expertise, perspectives, and insights toward the enhancement of our community.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: Individuals must reside or own property within Benton County.
  • Expertise: A demonstrated interest, knowledge, or experience relevant to the specific advisory board or committee.
  • Commitment: A commitment to attend regular meetings and actively engage in the decision-making process.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications or learn more about advisory boards, commissions, committees, or the application process, by contacting Teresa Larson at 541-766-6890, teresa.larson@bentoncountyor.gov. Application forms can be obtained from the Benton County website

Benton County values diversity and encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply. The County believes that a broad range of perspectives enhances the effectiveness of advisory boards and committees in addressing the diverse needs of the community.

This recruitment initiative aligns with Benton County’s commitment to transparency, community involvement, and informed decision-making. By participating in advisory roles, residents play an integral role in shaping the policies that directly impact our community’s well-being and future.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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Benton County Commissioners Commemorate Black History Month (Photo) - 02/07/24

The Benton County Commissioners acknowledged the significance of Black History Month Feb. 6 at the Kalapuya Building in Corvallis with a proclamation honoring the occasion. First Vice President of the Linn Benton The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Christopher Hughbanks, read the proclamation that recognized the invaluable contributions of African Americans throughout history.

“Black History Month provides a unique opportunity to celebrate and honor the invaluable contributions, achievements, resilience, and cultural heritage of African Americans, who have played a vital role in shaping the history and identity of the United States,” said Hughbanks while reading the proclamation.

The Linn Benton NAACP, serving as a local extension of the national organization, aligns its mission with the broader objectives of the NAACP. With a focus on promoting equality in political, educational, social, and economic spheres, the organization has been a driving force for change in the mid-Willamette Valley for over half a century. 

In 2024, Black History Month highlights the rich and varied contributions of African Americans to music, literature, the visual arts, and all aspects of contemporary culture.

“Benton County is committed to fostering an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and recognizes the importance of promoting awareness and understanding of Black history,” said Hughbanks.

The commissioners echoed this sentiment, affirming Benton County's commitment to cultivating an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  As part of their commemoration of Black History Month, the Benton County Board of Commissioners urges residents to engage in learning, celebration, and reflection on the achievements and contributions of African Americans. 

For a list of upcoming events celebrating Black History Month visit the NAACP Linn Benton Branch website

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First Vice President of the Linn Benton The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Christopher Hughbanks, reads a proclamation for Black History Month Feb. 6 at the Kalapuya Building in Corvallis. The Benton County Commissioners recognized the invaluable contributions of African Americans throughout history with a proclamation.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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Demonstration Scheduled for Benton County's New Website (Photo) - 02/06/24

Benton County recently launched its newly redesigned website, a user-centric platform aimed at providing residents, businesses, and visitors with a more intuitive and efficient online experience. A demonstration of the new site is scheduled for the public and Benton County employees.

  • What: Benton County website demonstration
  • When: February 13, 2024, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: In person at 4500 Research Way, Corvallis, Ore., 97330 

RSVP by emailing pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

The redesigned website, accessible at [www.BentonCountyOr.gov], is a significant upgrade that reflects the County’s commitment to innovation and accessibility. With a fresh, modern look and enhanced functionalities, the new site offers improved navigation, making it easier for users to find information, access services, and engage with the County online.

“Streamlined menus and a user-friendly interface on the new website ensure a seamless browsing experience, allowing users to quickly locate the information they need,” said John Larsen, Benton County Information Technology Deputy Director.

The website is designed to be fully responsive, providing optimal viewing and interaction across a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets.

“This upgrade will provide enhanced features to help users find relevant information efficiently, saving time and improving overall user satisfaction,” said Benton County Public Information Officer Cory Grogan. “Community members will also be able to stay informed with the latest news, announcements, and updates from Benton County.”

The new website supports a commitment to transparency, accessibility, and user satisfaction.

“Benton County is committed to keeping pace with technological advancements and meeting the evolving needs of our community,” added Larsen. 

To celebrate the website's launch, Benton County will be hosting a virtual and in-person website tour on Feb. 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Kalapuya Building, 4500 Research Way, Corvallis. Residents, local businesses, Benton County employees, and community partners are invited to join.

The Benton County website team encourages community engagement through feedback forms, surveys, and social media connections and is dedicated to listening and responding to the needs of residents, valuing their input. Share your feedback by emailing pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

 

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Benton County employees who supported the website project were recognized by the Benton County Commissioners at the Board of Commissioners Meeting Feb. 6 at the Kalapuya Building in Corvallis, Ore. From left to right: JonnaVe Stokes, Board of Commissioners Office; Jennifer Ficek, Public Works; Jon Stratton, Information Technology; Samantha Bailey, Health Department; and Katalin Pusztavari, Sheriff’s Office.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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Historic Courthouse Committee Seeks Input from Public (Photo) - 02/05/24

Benton County is exploring options for the future of the historic courthouse. In operation since 1889, the building no longer meets court or county needs. Construction of a new courthouse and District Attorney's office is planned for completion in 2026.

A Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee has been exploring ideas to make a recommendation to the Benton County Board of Commissioners this spring. The public is invited to provide input to the committee through February 15, 2024 in a community comment form available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hcac_feedback and at all county offices.

More opportunities to participate will follow as the project progresses. Project costs and a final decision about courthouse reuse will be made in the future, following additional county planning and public input activities.

For more information about the Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee’s work, visit https://bit.ly/BentonCoGov-BCHCAC.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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