City of Damascus | Notice of Public Hearings

6:30 PM, Thursday, September 19th and September 26th, 2019

Sunnyside Community Church

16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, Oregon


Damascus City Council will hold the first of two public hearings re. adoption of a new comprehensive plan to submit to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). The proposed plan is a slightly revised form of the 2013 Comp Plan.

The Council meeting will be Thurs, Sept 19, 2019, at Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, at 6:30 pm. The second hearing will be on Sept. 26, same place and time.

NOTICE: Budget Hearing – Friday Night | 6:30 PM | June 28th, 2019

Please join the Damascus City Council and interested community members for our adoption of the 2019 Budget.

City of Damascus, Oregon

16444 SE Highway 212,

Damascus, Oregon 97089

Notice of Budget Committee and City Council Hearing

Date: June 28, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus

Damascus City Budget Committee Meeting | 6:30 PM – June 20th, 2019 | Sunnyside Community Church

(Followed by another Budget Hearing Meeting on June 28th, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Sunnyside Community Church)


Notice of a City of Damascus Budget Committee Hearing

Date: June 20, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm        

Place: Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, Oregon

Purpose: to develop proposed budget for the city for fiscal year, 2019-2020

City of Damascus, Oregon

Notice of Budget Committee and City Council Hearing

Date: June 28, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus

Purpose: to finalize budget for the city for fiscal year, 2019-2020. See summary.


These meetings will establish the budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 and the city tax rate;  public input/participation is encouraged.  

If you have any questions contact the Mayor, James De Young, at 503-658-2886 or leave a message below.

Video of SB 226-2 Hearing

Watch yesterday’s Damascus Euthanasia bill committee hearing in Salem HERE

The SB226 portion starts 1hour 19 minutes in. At 1:24 our Mayor, Jim De Young, gives a valuable and heartfelt testimony.

NOTE: The bill was what is commonly called a “Gut and Stuff” where they took an unrelated bill, erased all the language, then replaced it with something new. So if you are seeing testimony for a campaign finance reform proposal (which was killed for this short notice Damascus Euthanasia bill) that’s why.

Gresham Outlook coverage of SB 226

Senate Bill amendment could overturn rebirth of Damascus

From the article:

According to state law, a vote to disincorporate requires a majority of all registered voters within the city limits show up to the polls. The court ruled the measure should have been nullified because voter turnout was less than half of registered voters.

James De Young, who is now serving as mayor of Damascus, led the effort in court to resurrect the city. That process took three years. If the amendment to SB 226 successfully makes it all the way to Governor Kate Brown’s desk, Damascus officials expect another long court battle.

Both De Young and Carson drove to Salem to testify against the amendment.

“We have not seen this kind of intentional and systematic destruction of a city in Oregon since the halcyon days of the Rajneesh,” wrote Carson in a letter to the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives.

For Immediate Release: Damascus City Manager responds to Damascus Euthanization Bill – SB 226

June 2nd, 2019

To:         Oregon Senate and House of Representatives

Sub:      Senate Bill 226 – Municipal Euthanization Authorization

I am asking you and your colleagues to stop a legislative train wreck in the making and what is the lowest form of legislative chicanery. I am talking about the gut and stuff bill SB 226. We have not seen this kind of intentional and systematic destruction of a city in Oregon since the halcyon days of the Rajneesh.

Do you really want to put your good name on a bill meant to benefit only developers, anti-government activists and euthanizes a city against its will? Why do you want to put a political albatross around your neck for the next year or two as this drags through the courts? Do you want to explain your vote to your opponent or a reporter in the next political season.

This bill (SB 226) is the clone to the one that was struck down by the Oregon Appellate Court. You are being lured into signing on to a gut and stuff legislative monstrosity that will (1) be a legal loser – again, (2) profit land developers, and (3) support anti-government activists bent on destroying a city. What a trifecta! Ask yourself, who benefits (cui bono) from this legislative albatross? Certainly the land developers and anti-government activists – but not you!

For the next two weeks, as you ponder your legislative responsibility to your constituents, I will plead my case in the court of public opinion to the last bastion of civic accountability – the Fourth Estate. I will ask for airtime with Mark Mason (KEX) and Lars Larson (KXL), and for this open letter to be printed in your local newspaper. Who knows – maybe Fox News and MSNBC will give us some airtime. I mean it not everyday that a state legislature euthanizes one of its own cities against its will.

 Hopefully, the voters will listen, read and remember what you are doing behind closed doors and what happened in the closing days of the 2019 legislative session. Why spend your political capital and risk your political future on this political albatross? What is your political return-on-investment? There is none! This isn’t physician assisted suicide. The city of Damascus wants to live. We will see you Monday, June 3rd at 1:00 PM as you try to sneak this bill through.


Richard H. Carson, City Manager