2011 ORS § 547.045¹
State lands within district
  • authority to sign petition or objections
  • liability of lands
  • assessments

(1) Whenever any diking or drainage district is sought to be created and organized or is created and organized in the manner provided by law, within the boundaries of which are located any lands belonging to the state that have been acquired or used by or for any state institution described in ORS 179.321 (Responsibility to supervise state institutions), the Director of Human Services or the Director of the Oregon Health Authority may sign any petition or objections thereto for the organization of such district and exercise on behalf of the state with respect to the district and the land therein belonging to the state, all the rights and privileges of a landowner within the district.

(2) Whenever any such district or proposed district includes any lands belonging to any public body as defined in ORS 174.109 (Public body defined), the presiding officer of such public body, or other member of the governing body of such public body, when thereto authorized by a resolution of the governing body thereof, may sign such petition or objection thereto on behalf of the public body, and exercise with respect to the district and the land therein belonging to the public body, all the rights and privileges of a landowner in the district, including the right to be a supervisor of the district.

(3) Lands belonging to a public body as defined in ORS 174.109 (Public body defined) shall be subject to the same burdens and liabilities and entitled to the same benefits as lands in the district belonging to private individuals. The Department of Human Services or the Oregon Health Authority may pay from any appropriations made for the operation and maintenance of any institution, the lands of which have been included in any diking or drainage district, any charges billed to the department or any assessments levied against such lands by the diking or drainage district. [Amended by 1959 c.380 §1; 1969 c.597 §61; 1989 c.171 §72; 1991 c.459 §425a; 2003 c.802 §134; 2009 c.595 §988]