Street Maintenance Fee and Uses
On November 4, 2003, the Lake Oswego City Council approved a Street Maintenance Fee (SMF) as a source of funding for the City’s street infrastructure investment. Since then, funds from the SMF have been used to conduct roadway infrastructure repairs, expand and maintain street beautification, build new sidewalks and pathways, install crosswalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps, and street pavement preservation, such as repaving and slurry seal. The SMF is roughly 1/3 of the total revenue for the Street Fund, which provides funding for all infrastructure related to transportation or within the public right-of-way.
The SMF is collected from all residential, business, government agencies, schools, and non-profit properties in Lake Oswego through the City’s utility bill. SMF rates are determined by the type of property and the number of trips generated by the type of property, thus the impact to our transportation infrastructure.
During the December 6, 2022 City Council meeting, the City Council voted to approve an increase to the Street Maintenance Fee as a part of the 2023 Master Fees and Charges. Rate increases will go into effect July 1, 2023.
By creating an additional funding source for roadway infrastructure improvements and maintenance, we are able to effectively maintain and expand our City’s valuable assets.