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The council may by ordinance impose and levy a tax not exceeding 11% on gross receipts for the privilege of occupying room or space in any hotel, inn, motel, apartment or boarding house, mobile home or trailer park or court, or any other place in the city where space designed or intended for lodging-occupancy is rented by any person or persons, for a period of twenty-seven days or less. This tax shall not apply to hospitals, convalescent or nursing homes, or public institutions, or permanent occupancy as defined by ordinance. Minimum rentals to which the tax shall apply may be fixed by ordinance. The tax imposed shall be collected by the owner, operator, or transient lodging intermediary of the rental space in addition to the rental charged, as provided by ordinance. Revenues from such tax may be used for general city purposes, as the council may find appropriate, provided that an amount, not to exceed twenty-five percent of the proceeds of said tax, may be used for the purpose of promoting, directly or through contract, the use of the City of Medford for recreational, cultural, convention and tourist-related activities and services. (Added to the Charter as an amendment thereof by election on August 5, 1975 and retained by Section 34 of the 1998 Charter; amended by election on November 7, 2000; and further amended by election on May 19, 2020.)

The City Council shall have the same power and authority over all County roads within the limits of the City as it has over the streets of said City in establishing grades, improving, grading and graveling, construction and repair of sidewalks, construction and repair of curbing and gutters, and the removal of filth and nuisance; and to levy assessments for the whole cost of any or all such improvements or repairs, etc., or any part thereof, upon abutting property, and to levy and collect said assessments, all of which shall be done in manner and form as elsewhere provided in this Charter for the streets of the City. (Oregon Special Laws 1905, Ch. 292, Section 98.)

Before any proposition for selling, leasing, or encumbering any of the City public utilities can be legally submitted to the decision of the electors of said City, the Council shall cause a full and explicit statement of the power and authority which they desire to have granted to them published for two weeks before said election is to be held in one of the newspapers printed in the City; and no franchise shall ever be granted that injures or depreciates the value or usefulness of any of the City’s public utilities. (Oregon Special Laws 1905, Ch. 292, Section 101.)