2007 ORS 261.010¹

As used in this chapter, unless otherwise required by the context:

(1) "Affected territory" means that territory proposed to be formed into, annexed to or consolidated with a district.

(2) "Board of directors," "directors" or "board" means the governing body of a people’s utility district, elected and functioning under the provisions of this chapter.

(3) "County governing body" means either the county court or board of county commissioners and, if the affected territory is composed of portions of two or more counties, the governing body of that county having the greatest portion of the assessed value of all taxable property within the affected territory, as shown by the most recent assessment roll of the counties.

(4) "Electors’ petition" means a petition addressed to the county governing body and filed with the county clerk, containing the signatures of electors registered in the affected territory, equal to not less than three percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for Governor within the affected territory at the most recent election at which a candidate for Governor was elected to a full term, setting forth and particularly describing the boundaries of the parcel of territory, separate parcels of territory, city and district, or any of them, referred to therein, and requesting the county governing body to call an election to be held within the boundaries of the parcel of territory, separate parcels of territory, city and district, or any of them, for the formation of a district, the annexation of a parcel of territory or a city to a district, or the consolidation of two or more districts.

(5) "Electric cooperative" means a cooperative corporation owning and operating an electric distribution system.

(6) "Initial utility system" means a complete operating utility system, including energy efficiency measures and installations within the district or proposed district, capable of supplying the consumers required to be served by the district at the time of acquisition or construction with all of their existing water or electrical energy needs.

(7) "Parcel of territory" means a portion of unincorporated territory, or an area in a city comprised of less than the entire city.

(8) "People’s utility district" or "district" means an incorporated people’s utility district, created under the provisions of this chapter.

(9) "Replacement value of unreimbursed investment" means original cost new less depreciation of capitalized energy efficiency measures and installations in the premises of customers of an investor owned utility.

(10) "Separate parcel of territory" means unincorporated territory that is not contiguous to other territory that is a part of a district or that is described in a petition filed with the county clerk in pursuance of the provisions of this chapter, but when a proposed district includes territory in more than one county, the contiguous territory in each such county shall be considered as a separate parcel of territory. When a proposed district includes any area in a city comprised of less than the entire city, that area shall be considered as a separate parcel of territory.

(11) "Utility" means a plant, works or other property used for development, generation, storage, distribution or transmission of electricity, or development or transmission of water for domestic or municipal purposes, but transmission of water shall not include water for irrigation or reclamation purposes, except as secondary to and when used in conjunction with a hydroelectric plant. [Amended by 1961 c.224 §10; 1979 c.558 §4; 1981 c.804 §76; 1983 c.83 §32; 1989 c.174 §3; 1991 c.358 §1; 2003 c.802 §65; 2005 c.22 §189; 2007 c.301 §30; 2007 c.895 §1]

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Notes of Decisions

People's utility district does not possess exclusive right to provide service within boundaries of district. Douglas Electric Cooperative v. Central Lincoln People's Utility District, 164 Or App 251, 991 P2d 1060 (1999), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

County clerk's and county governing body's duty to determine validity of voters' peti­tion to form people's utility district, (1980) Vol 40, p 367

Law Review Cita­tions

7 EL 315 (1977); 16 WLR 549 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 261—People's Utility Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­261.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 261, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­261ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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