City of Victorian Heritage

Union has maintained its rural charm and friendly atmosphere. With a population of just over 2100 this town has clean air and fabulous water and is a highly desirable place to live, play, retire and visit. Open space, appealing Victorian style homes, buildings and tree-lined streets preserves its historic authenticity.

Union has many great amenities including Buffalo Peak Golf Course, Eastern Oregon Live Stockshow, Union County Museum, Union Historic Cemetery, Union Historic Hotel, Historic Carnegie Library, too many to list.

Union offers a unique character and quality of life. Strategically placed between La Grande and North Powder on Highway 203 and 237, Union has much to offer. With the Federal Highway (Interstate 84) 11 miles northwest of Union, access to and from the community is efficient and diverse. Union has infrastructure to allow growth without disturbing the beauty of the landscape.

In 1862, Conrad Miller planted apple and pear trees and began one of the first nurseries in the Grande Ronde Valley. Other settlers soon followed and a town was established in 1878. Victorian homes and charming brick buildings lined Main Street through what is now known as the town’s National Historic District. Traditionally a lumber and agriculture town, Union has broadened its interests to include serving visitors. A few more of Union’s amenities are; a health clinic, gift shops, pharmacy, Post Office, City Park with gazebo,  proximity to camping, hiking and hunting, Historic Hotel, Catherine Creek, community/school athletic facility with several fields geared to tournament size activities, and an amazing school district.

We encourage you to browse our site and if you have any questions please feel free to contact City Hall.


Press Release

 

Union County Sheriff Contract Update – Posted September 1, 2016


CITY OF UNION BUDGET REPORT 2017-2018

For a copy of the current City of Union budget 2017-2018 click here or a copy can be picked up at city hall. To view the Budget Officers Message click here. For more information please call 541-562-5197.


City of Union

Local Option Tax Levy for Library

Question

Shall the City of Union levy a property tax of $1.21 per $1,000.00 of assessed valuation each year for five years, beginning fiscal year 2018-2019 for continued library operations?

Passage of this measure may cause the city property tax rate to increase more than 3%.

Summary

This measure authorizes the City of Union to levy a property tax in the estimated total amount of $118,436.00 each fiscal year for five years beginning with fiscal year 2018-2019.

All levy taxes will be used exclusively for funding library operations. Without the proceeds from this levy, library operations may be adversely impacted. This levy, if passed, will maintain library operations and services.

The estimated tax impact of this measure is an average of $1.21 per $1,000.00 of assessed real market value. For example, if the measure passes, the owner of a $100,000.00 home would pay approximately $121.00 each year for the next five fiscal years.

The estimated tax cost example for this measure is an ESTIMATE ONLY based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of estimate.


Local Wind Farm Project Still Active 2015

Antelope Ridge Wind Farm 

Antelope Ridge Wind Power Project LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Wind Energy LLC, is proposing to construct and operate the Antelope Ridge Wind Power project (Project). The Project would involve erecting up to 164 wind turbines, varying in height from 328-475 feet each, on 11,000 acres of land in Union County in the vicinity of the City of Union (City), with the potential to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The city had investigated the potential for the Project to impact the City’s costs of providing public services, and its property tax revenue. In general, we found that other communities near similar wind projects have so far experienced minimal impacts related to the projects. Still, the Project-related burden on the City’s voluntary and understaffed fire and emergency resources could be noticeable relative to its existing needs and responsibilities. Also, while data from other communities do not show that nearby wind projects have so far resulted in substantial reductions in property values, other evidence suggest that there is potential for the City’s property tax revenues to decrease due to the Project. This information is  summarize in a report by ECONORTHWEST, click here.

For ARWF most resent update, click here.

Letter from Antelope Wind Farm September 2013, click here.