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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - County Service Districts: Miscellaneous
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 451 - County Service Facilities
 
SERVICE DISTRICTS
 
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451.560 Agreements for cooperative financing of service facilities or for use, lease or joint operation of service facilities.
(1) The district may enter into agreements with any city, any county, the federal government, the state or any of its agencies, any district organized for a public purpose or any person for a period not to exceed 30 years for the cooperative financing of the construction, maintenance and operation of service facilities.
 
(2) The district may enter into agreements with any county, city, district organized for a public purpose or person for the use, lease or joint operation of any service facilities, or any portion thereof.
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451.573 Definitions for ORS 451.573 to 451.577. As used in ORS 451.573 to 451.577:
(1) “District” means, in addition to the meaning given that term in ORS 451.410, a county service district organized under the authority of a county charter.
 
(2) “Special district” means any one of the following districts:
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(3) “Special district” also means one of the following, if the special district is within the geographical jurisdiction of a local government boundary commission formed by or pursuant to ORS 199.410 to 199.519:
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451.575 Excluding or including special districts from or in county service districts. If a district is authorized to construct, maintain and operate service facilities to provide services that are provided by a special district:
(1) The area within a special district described by ORS 451.573 (2)(a) shall not be included in or annexed to a district if prior to or at the hearing on the formation of or annexation to such district the governing body of the special district files with the governing body of the district a resolution withdrawing the area within the special district.
 
(2) When the formation of or annexation to a district is initiated, and the area to be incorporated or annexed includes the entire area within a special district, the governing board of the special district and the governing body of the district shall meet with each other to agree on a debt distribution plan to be a part of the proposed incorporation or annexation. The debt distribution plan may require that the property within the special district remain solely liable for all bonded indebtedness outstanding at the time of incorporation or annexation or it may provide for any other distribution of indebtedness between the district and the special district. If the governing boards do not agree on a debt distribution plan or if the area within the special district remains liable under the plan for any portion of the indebtedness outstanding at the time of the incorporation or annexation, and dissolution and transfer, the governing body of the district shall be the ex officio board of the dissolved special district for the purpose of levying taxes in such area until the bonded and other indebtedness of the dissolved special district is paid.
 
(3) The consent of all the known holders of valid indebtedness against the special district shall be obtained or provision made in the debt distribution plan for the payment of the nonassenting holders. The area within the boundaries of the special district shall not by reason of the incorporation or annexation and dissolution and transfer be relieved from liabilities and indebtedness previously contracted by the dissolving special district.
 
(4) The district officers of the special district, upon the effective date of the incorporation or annexation, shall forthwith deliver to the governing body of the district, the assets and records of the special district. Uncollected taxes, assessments or charges thereof levied by the special district shall become the property of the district and upon collection shall be credited to the account of such district.
451.577 Dissolution of special district; service district to succeed.
(1) Subject to ORS 451.575, upon the effective date of the formation of a district, of an annexation of territory to a district or of an order that adds drainage works to the authority of a service district, a special district lying within the district shall be extinguished and dissolved and the district shall succeed to all the assets and become charged with all the liabilities, obligations and functions of the special district.
 
(2) Subsection (1) applies:
(a) If the entire area of a special district is incorporated in or annexed to a district; and
 
(b) If the district has the authority to provide the same service as the special district.
451.580 Disposition of moneys received under ORS 451.410 to 451.610.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 451.410 to 451.610, all moneys received by a district shall be paid to the county treasurer and deposited by the county treasurer in an appropriate district fund. The county treasurer, when ordered by a district governing body, shall establish separate accounts in the district fund or separate funds in the county treasury for the segregation of sinking or reserve funds or accounts, of operating funds or accounts or of any other funds or accounts found necessary or expedient by the district. However, no moneys received by a district shall be used for any purpose other than for carrying out the purposes of ORS 451.410 to 451.610 and all funds, facilities, personnel or supplies of the county used for those purposes shall be charged to the appropriate district fund or account.
 
(2) Notwithstanding the requirement for a district to pay district moneys to the county treasurer for deposit in an appropriate district fund in the county treasury under subsection (1) of this section, the governing body of a county, with the consent of the county treasurer if the county treasurer is an elected county officer, may order a service district established under ORS 451.410 to 451.610 to hold and manage its own moneys in one or more district funds or accounts deposited in a financial institution as defined in ORS 706.008. The order must provide for transfer of any moneys of the district then held or later received by the county treasurer for the district. Thereafter, the district shall be solely responsible for management of moneys of the district and shall designate a district officer or employee to assume the duties and responsibilities otherwise imposed upon the county treasurer.
 
(3) Moneys deposited by the district in a district fund or account may be withdrawn or paid out only upon a proper order and warrant or upon a check signed by the district officer or employee designated to assume the duties and responsibilities otherwise imposed upon the county treasurer. The order must:
(a) Specify the name of the person to whom the moneys are to be paid;
 
(b) Specify the fund or account from which the moneys are to be paid;
 
(c) State generally the purpose for which the moneys are to be paid; and
 
(d) Be entered in the record of proceedings of the district.
451.585 Duty of city when all or part of district annexed or incorporated.
(1) Whenever the entire area of a district is incorporated in or annexed to a city in accordance with law, the district shall be extinguished and the city shall upon the effective date of such annexation succeed to all the assets and become charged with all the liabilities, obligations and functions of the district. The district officers shall forthwith deliver to the city officers the district assets and records. Uncollected taxes theretofore levied by such district shall become the property of the city and be delivered to it by the county treasurer upon collection.
 
(2) Whenever a part less than the whole of a district becomes incorporated in or annexed to a city in accordance with law, the city may at any time after such incorporation or annexation cause that part to be withdrawn from such district in the manner set forth in ORS 222.524, and the provisions of ORS 222.510 to 222.580 shall be applicable to such withdrawal except that in case the district and the city cannot agree upon a division of assets or obligations and liabilities, then and in such case, either the district or the city may petition the circuit court for the county in which the city has its legal situs to determine such division.
451.590 Entry upon privately owned lands to survey or lay out service facilities. Officers and employees of a county or of a district may enter upon privately owned lands to survey or lay out service facilities by direction of the county court or governing body of the district. However, the county court or governing body of the district shall cause notification to be given to each occupant of the lands, either by registered or certified mail or by other lawful means. This notice shall be given at least five days before the county or district officers or employees enter upon the lands. No officer or employee of a county or district entering privately owned lands pursuant to this section shall damage or destroy trees, shrubs, buildings or other items of value on that land without first obtaining the consent of the owner.
 
451.600 Restrictions on altering, repairing or connecting with a service facility. No person shall alter, repair or make a connection with any service facility maintained by a district, unless that person:
(1) Obtains permission from the district that maintains the facility, and pays all deposits, charges or fees required by the district for granting such permission, before undertaking the work; and
 
(2) When appropriate, complies with ORS 447.010 to 447.160 in performing the work.
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451.620 Procedures for district formed subject to dissolution.
(1) If a county service district is formed subject to a provision specifying a fiscal year for dissolution of the district, the board of directors shall, no later than 45 days after the start of that fiscal year, make the findings required by ORS 198.925 and adopt a plan of liquidation and dissolution providing for payment of nonassenting creditors, unless the board adopts an order as specified in subsection (2) of this section. Dissolution shall be effective as of the end of the fiscal year. Dissolution shall be governed by ORS 198.945 to 198.955.
 
(2) The district board may order that the district continue only if, after a public hearing, it determines that there is a public need for continued existence of the district because:
(a) Liquidation and dissolution cannot be accomplished in a manner that would protect the rights of nonassenting creditors; or
 
(b) The services provided continue to be needed by the public, the district is providing the services in an efficient and effective manner and continuation will not significantly discourage future boundary change proposals.
(3) A public hearing on continuation shall be preceded by notice published at least 14 days before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation within the district. Notice of the hearing shall also be mailed to all incorporated cities within the district and to the boundary commission, if any.
 
(4) An order continuing the district shall specify a fiscal year, not later than the 10th fiscal year after the date of the order, in which the district shall dissolve unless another determination of public need for continued existence occurs.
 
(5) An order continuing the district shall be forwarded to the boundary commission, if any, within 10 days. If the district is not within the jurisdiction of a boundary commission the order may be contested as provided in ORS 198.785 (2).
PENALTIES
 
451.990 Penalties. Violation of ORS 451.600 or any regulation adopted pursuant to ORS 451.570 is a misdemeanor.