State senate passes bill allowing communities to make earthquake-resistant buildings

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SALEM, Ore. – The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at giving communities the tools to make earthquake-resistant buildings.

It gives cities and counties in Oregon the option to take on limited tax exemption programs.

Property owners will be able to retrofit vulnerable multi-family, commercial and industrial buildings to be ready for an earthquake.

The program allows cities and counties to decide if they want the exemptions.

The bill now moves to the House.