WHY IS THERE A $100 CHARGE ON MY PROPERTY TAX STATEMENT?
BMTD was established in 1978. In 1979, the Oregon Legislative Assembly abolished BMTD’s right to levy ad valorem property taxes and enacted the current service charge system. Every year, BMTD is required to send a service charge letter to all properties in the District where our signals can be received. Recipients send in a payment if they use the signal, or return the letter with an exemption request. Incorporated cities are not included in our district boundaries, so residents of all 8 cities in Union County, as well as Baker City and Haines, only receive a service charge letter from BMTD following a physical inspection where an antenna is discovered (this does not apply to rural properties). BMTD sends service charge letters annually in June, and reminder letters to delinquent property owners the following winter (a second letter is not required by state law). If neither letter is returned by May 31 of the following year with a payment or an exemption request, the service charge is placed on a property owner’s next property tax statement. If you received the $100 service charge on your 2018-2019 property tax statement, BMTD has no record of receiving a payment or exemption request in response to service charge letters sent in June 2017 and March 2018 prior to May 31, 2018. Call 541-963-0196 for more information.
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In the air and on the ground, Blue Mountain Translator District is committed to delivering the best antenna television to our members. We set out in 1978, as a non-profit government municipal special district to bring signals and rebroadcast to Baker and Union Counties. Today we continue these efforts, are committed, and recognized the needs of Eastern Oregon. Your financial support of the District will continue to deliver HD TV at an affordable price.
Welcome to Blue Mountain Translator District
We appreciate your support as we continue to deliver over the air television to Union County and Baker Valley.
Blue Mountain Translator District is a Non-Profit government municipality serving Union and Baker Counties with over the air television access since 1978. Translator towers located on Mt Fanny, Mt Harris and Beaver Mountain. The fees collected support the administration, equipment and maintenance to operate these towers. We now offer over 20 HD channels including the major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. The annual fee for receiving and utilizing the television signal is only $100.00 payable in July each year. It’s an amazing service versus the high costs of satellite and cable TV saving you hundreds of dollars annually.
Oregon Law ORS 354.690 mandates that whomever owns or rents residential property in Baker and Union counties and receives and uses the “over the air” television signals from any of the 3 translators is required to pay the annual $100.00
Annual billings for the district are mailed every June, and reminder letters are mailed every February. Residents within the service districts are sent an annual billing with and option to advise us you do not use the signal. Residents within Baker and LaGrande city limits who choose to use the signal will be added our database. We appreciate your support. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
What TV shows will I get?
Let’s look at all the TV shows you’re going to get with your Blue Mountain Translator District Air TV signal.