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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - Library Districts: Governing Boards
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives ; Poet Laureate
 
LIBRARY DISTRICTS
 
357.226 District board members; appointment of librarian.
(1) The officers of the district shall be a board of five members, to be elected by the electors of the district. The district board shall appoint a district librarian, who shall be the secretary for the district.
 
(2) Any elector residing within the district shall be qualified to serve as a district board member.
357.231 Number of board members; terms.
(1) Five district board members shall be elected at the election for district formation. Nominating petitions or declarations of candidacy described in ORS 249.031 shall be filed with the county governing body. The fee for a declaration of candidacy shall be as prescribed in ORS 255.235.
 
(2) If the effective date of the formation of the district occurs in an odd-numbered year, two district board members shall be elected for four-year terms and the other three district board members shall be elected for two-year terms. If the effective date of the formation occurs in an even-numbered year, two district board members shall be elected for three-year terms and the other three district board members shall be elected for one-year terms.
 
(3) Each district board member shall hold office until election and qualification of a successor. 
357.233 Election laws applicable.
(1) ORS chapter 255 governs the following:
(a) The nomination and election of district board members.
 
(b) The conduct of district elections.
(2) The electors of a district may exercise the powers of the initiative and referendum regarding a district measure, in accordance with ORS 255.135 to 255.205. 
357.236 Election of board members; vacancy.
(1) If two or three board members are to be elected at a regular district election at large, the candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. If one or more board members are to be elected by zone, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes in each zone shall be elected.
 
(2) Each district board member elected shall take an oath of office and shall hold office from July 1, next following election.
 
(3) The district board shall fill any vacancy on the board as provided in ORS 198.320.
 
(4) The term of a district board member is four years.
357.241 Method of electing board members.
(1) The district board members may be elected in one of the following methods or a combination thereof:
(a) Elected by the electors of zones as nearly equal in population as possible according to the latest federal census.
 
(b) Elected at large by position number by the electors of the district.
(2) Candidates for election from zones shall be nominated by electors of the zones. 
357.246 Change in method of electing board members.
(1) This section establishes the procedure for determining whether the method adopted in a district for nominating and electing board members should be changed to another method described in ORS 357.241. The question shall be decided by election. The district board:
(a) May order the election on its own resolution; or
 
(b) Shall order the election when a petition is filed as provided in this section.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the requirements for preparing, circulating and filing a petition under this section shall be as provided for an initiative petition in ORS 255.135 to 255.205.
 
(3) If the question proposes creation of zones or a change in the number of existing zones, the following requirements shall apply:
(a) The petition shall contain a map indicating the proposed zone boundaries. The map shall be attached to the cover sheet of the petition and shall not exceed 14 inches by 17 inches in size.
 
(b) Notwithstanding ORS 250.035, the statement summarizing the measure and its major effect in the ballot title shall not exceed 150 words. The statement:
(A) Shall specify the method of election of board members from among the methods described in ORS 357.241. The statement also shall specify whether, in filling each position on the board, an elector of the district may sign a petition of nomination or vote for a candidate from any zone or only for a candidate from the zone in which the elector resides.
 
(B) Shall include a general description of the proposed boundaries of the zones, using streets and other generally recognized features.
(c) The order calling the election shall contain a map of the proposed zone boundaries and a metes and bounds or legal description of the proposed zone boundaries. The map and description shall be prepared by the county surveyor or county assessor and shall reflect any adjustment made in the boundaries under subsection (6) of this section.
(4) The map to be contained in the petition under subsection (3) of this section shall be prepared by the county surveyor or county assessor. The chief petitioners shall pay the county for the cost of preparing the map, as determined by the county surveyor or county assessor. The county clerk shall not accept the prospective petition for filing until the chief petitioners have paid the amount due.
 
(5) Subsection (3) of this section does not apply if the question proposes abolition of all zones.
 
(6) Before submitting to election a question to which subsection (3) of this section applies, the district board shall adjust the proposed boundaries of the zones to make them as nearly equal in population as feasible according to the latest federal census. The district board shall amend the ballot title as necessary to reflect its adjustment of the boundaries.
 
(7) If the electors of the district approve the establishment of zones or a change in the number of existing zones, board members shall continue to serve until their terms of office expire. As vacancies occur, positions to be filled by nomination or election by zone shall be filled by electors who reside within zones which are not represented on the board. If more than one zone is not represented on the board when a vacancy occurs, the zone entitled to elect a board member shall be decided by lot.
357.251 Zone boundaries. The board shall adjust the boundaries of zones established within a district as necessary to make them as nearly equal in population as is feasible according to the latest federal census. The district board also shall adjust boundaries of zones as necessary to reflect boundary changes of the district.
 
357.253 Boundary change to be filed with county assessor and Department of Revenue. For purposes of ad valorem taxation, a boundary change must be filed in final approved form with the county assessor and the Department of Revenue as provided in ORS 308.225.
 
357.256 Board as district governing body; selection of president.
(1) The district board shall be the governing body of the district and shall exercise all powers thereof.
 
(2) At its first meeting or as soon thereafter as may be practicable, the board shall choose one of its members as president.