2017 ORS 198.775¹
Security deposit to accompany petition
  • payment of costs from security deposit
  • payment of costs by county or district

(1) A petition for formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution shall not be accepted for filing unless the petition is accompanied by a bond, a cash deposit or other security deposit as follows:

(a) The bond shall be in a form and in an amount approved by the county board, not to exceed $100 for each precinct in the affected district and any territory to be included in the district, up to a maximum of $10,000. The bond shall be conditioned that, if the attempted formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution is not effected, the chief petitioners will pay the costs thereof, excluding any costs incurred by a local government boundary commission under ORS 199.410 (Policy) to 199.519 (Effective date of boundary change).

(b) The cash deposit shall be in an amount approved by the county board, not to exceed $100 for each precinct in the affected district and any territory to be included in the district, up to a maximum of $10,000. The cash deposit shall be accompanied by a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. The form shall include the names and addresses of all persons and organizations providing any part of the cash deposit and the amount provided by each, and a statement signed by the chief petitioners that if the costs of the attempted formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution exceed the deposit, the chief petitioners shall pay to the county treasurer the amount of the excess costs.

(c) The security deposit other than a bond or cash deposit shall be of a kind and in an amount approved by the county board, not to exceed $100 for each precinct in the affected district and any territory to be included in the district, up to a maximum of $10,000. The security deposit shall be accompanied by a form prescribed by the Secretary of State. The form shall include the names and addresses of all persons and organizations providing any part of the security deposit and the amount and kind provided by each, and a statement signed by the chief petitioners that if the costs of the attempted formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution exceed the security deposited, the chief petitioners shall pay to the county treasurer the amount of the excess costs.

(2) If the proposed formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution is effected, the district shall be liable for the costs. Not later than the 30th day after the election, if a cash deposit or security deposit other than a bond was made under subsection (1) of this section, the county clerk shall refund the deposit to the persons who made the deposit.

(3) If the proposed formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution is not effected, the county shall collect the costs of the attempted formation, annexation, withdrawal or dissolution as follows:

(a) If the chief petitioners posted a bond, the county shall collect on the bond.

(b) If the chief petitioners made a cash deposit, not later than the 30th day after the election, the county clerk shall pay into the general fund of the county that portion of the deposit needed to reimburse the county for the costs. If any portion of the deposit remains after the costs have been paid, the county clerk shall refund the portion to the persons shown on the form filed under subsection (1) of this section as having made the deposit. If the costs exceed the amount of the deposit, the chief petitioners shall pay to the county treasurer the amount of the excess costs.

(c) If the chief petitioners made a security deposit other than a bond or cash deposit, not later than the 30th day after the election, the county clerk shall negotiate or otherwise collect on as much of the security deposit as necessary to reimburse the county for the costs and shall pay the proceeds into the general fund of the county. If any portion of the security deposit or any proceeds of the security deposit remain after the costs have been paid, the county clerk shall return the portion or the remaining proceeds to the persons shown on the form filed under subsection (1) of this section as having made the deposit. If the costs exceed the amount of the proceeds, the chief petitioners shall pay to the county treasurer the amount of the excess costs.

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, the costs of proceedings initiated by a county or district board, excluding costs incurred by a local government boundary commission under ORS 199.410 (Policy) to 199.519 (Effective date of boundary change), shall be paid by the initiating board out of county or district funds. [1971 c.727 §20; 1983 c.567 §19]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Dissolu­tion of insolvent district, (1972) Vol 35, p 1117

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Disposi­tion of district prop­erty upon dissolu­tion, (1972) Vol 35, p 1059; dissolu­tion of insolvent district, (1972) Vol 35, p 1117

Chapter 198

Atty. Gen. Opinions

When rural fire protec­tion district may levy taxes on prop­erty within a forest protec­tion district, (1972) Vol 36, p 71

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 198—Special Districts Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors198.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 198, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano198.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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