Notice of garnishment issued by county tax collector
(1) A notice of garnishment issued by a county tax collector must name the circuit court for the county that employs the tax collector as the court whose authority is invoked.
(2) At least 15 days before any county tax collector issues a notice of garnishment, the tax collector must mail to the debtor by certified mail, return receipt requested, at the debtor’s last-known address, a notification of all amounts owing to the county, a statement that further collection enforcement actions may be taken by the county to collect those amounts, and a statement that those enforcement actions may include seizing any real property owned by the debtor, imposing a lien against any real property owned by the debtor, or garnishing bank accounts, wages and other property owned by the debtor. Only one such notification shall be required and any number of garnishments may be issued after the notification is mailed.
(3) Notwithstanding ORS 18.615 (Garnishable property generally), a notice of garnishment issued by a county tax collector acts to garnish only that property of the debtor that is in the garnishee’s possession, control or custody at the time the notice is delivered, including debts not yet due, and all wages owed by the garnishee to the debtor at the time the notice is delivered. A notice of garnishment issued by a county tax collector does not act to garnish wages earned by the debtor by reason of services rendered to the garnishee after the delivery of the notice of garnishment.
(4) Notwithstanding ORS 18.690 (Delivery of garnishee response), a garnishee who receives a notice of garnishment issued by a county tax collector need not deliver a copy of the garnishee response to the clerk of the court, but must deliver the original of the response to the county tax collector.
(5) Notwithstanding ORS 18.700 (Manner of making challenge to garnishment), a debtor who wishes to make a challenge to a notice of garnishment issued by a county tax collector must deliver the challenge in person or by first class mail to the county tax collector within the time specified by ORS 18.700 (Manner of making challenge to garnishment) (2). Upon receiving a challenge, the county tax collector shall provide notice of the challenge in the manner provided by ORS 18.702 (Notice to garnishor and garnishee of challenge to garnishment). Upon a sheriff receiving notice under ORS 18.702 (Notice to garnishor and garnishee of challenge to garnishment), the sheriff shall proceed as provided in ORS 18.760 (Challenge to garnishment).
(6) Within 14 days after receipt of a challenge to a garnishment under subsection (5) of this section, the county tax collector must either:
(a) Release all property claimed as exempt from or not subject to garnishment under the challenge to the garnishment; or
(b) File with the clerk of the court a response to the challenge, attaching copies of the notice of garnishment and the garnishee response, and any supporting documentation necessary or helpful to the court in making its determination on the challenge to the garnishment. [Formerly 18.905; 2009 c.835 §8]
Note: See note under 18.854 (Notices of garnishment generally).
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