2017 ORS 199.531¹

The Legislative Assembly finds that:

(1) Since 1985 local governments in boundary commission jurisdictions have undertaken programs involving multiple minor boundary changes, including annexation of territory, which have required the transfer of service delivery obligations from the county or special districts which formerly had jurisdiction of the territory to the annexing city or district, along with the need to receive revenue to support the services;

(2) The local governments and boundary commissions have acted in good faith reliance on state statutes concerning minor boundary changes and in compliance with those statutes;

(3) The transfer of service responsibility has resulted in extinguishing or dissolution of special service districts and the transfer of capital equipment and employees;

(4) If a court or administrative agency determines that one or more of the minor boundary changes are invalid because the statute on which they were based is unconstitutional, responsibility for service and revenue must be resolved in order to avoid substantial disruption to citizens; and

(5) Providing for legislative annexation of the affected territories is the best method for resolving service responsibility and financial obligations without jeopardizing continued service delivery to citizens in the affected territory or imposing unreasonable financial burdens on the city, county and special service districts and their citizens. [1987 c.818 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 199—County Consolidation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors199.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.