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Entering Happy Valley - without moving

Patrick Sheehan, a former state representative, is now formerly from the unincorporated area between Happy Valley and Oregon City.

Sheehan made the move into Happy Valley last week without a U-Haul or a hand truck after the City Council unanimously approved his annexation request on Sept. 17. Mayor Lori DeRemer and City Manager Jason Tuck told Sheehan of Happy Valley’s efficient building services that can take in a single-family home permit and have it ready to issue within a week.

“We believe this is hard to beat,” Tuck said. “We often hear from petitioners that they want to annex due to our excellent development services, our approach to customer service, and that they like the community and want to be part of it.”

In 2012 and so far this year, Happy Valley has approved a total of 68 voluntary annexations of 353 acres.

“I wanted to do a little extension of my bathroom, and they said it would be a little easier to get the permits as a Happy Valley resident,” Sheehan said.

Next up, a tax abatement study is going before the City Council for discussion on Tuesday, Oct 1. Elected officials will analyze three- or five-year options for abating the city’s permanent tax rate and its public-safety levy.

“We are looking at abating our permanent rate and/or public safety levy at a rate that would provide a lower tax impact to commercial and industrial property owners as an incentive to annexation into the city,” Tuck said.

Sheehan noted he was not interested in running for elected office at this time since he enjoys focusing on his career and being a key member of state Rep. Dennis Richardson’s campaign to unseat Gov. John Kitzhaber.