2007 ORS § 308.225¹
Boundary change or proposed boundary change
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(1) In preparing the assessment roll in any year, a county assessor shall disregard changes or proposed changes described in subsections (3), (4) and (5) of this section in the boundary lines of any taxing district levying ad valorem property taxes if the description and map showing changes or proposed changes are not filed in final approved form, in accordance with and at the time required by subsection (2) of this section.

(2)(a) If a boundary change is made or proposed, the person, governing body, officer, administrative agency or court making the determination that the boundary change is final shall file with the county assessor and the Department of Revenue the legal description of the boundary change or proposed change and an accurate map showing the change or proposed change in final approved form, prior to the next March 31.

(b)(A) Except as is otherwise provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph the legal description of the boundary change shall consist of a series of courses in which the first course shall start at a point of beginning and the final course shall end at that point of beginning. Each course shall be identified by bearings and distances and, when available, refer to deed lines, deed corners and other monuments, or, in lieu of bearings and distances, be identified by reference to:

(i) Township, range, section or section subdivision lines of the U.S. Rectangular survey system.

(ii) Survey center line or right of way lines of public roads, streets or highways.

(iii) Ordinary high water or ordinary low water of tidal lands.

(iv) Right of way lines of railroads.

(v) Any line identified on the plat of any recorded subdivision defined in ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.190).

(vi) Donation land claims.

(vii) Line of ordinary high water and line of ordinary low water of rivers and streams, as defined in ORS 274.005 (Definitions), or the thread of rivers and streams.

(B) In lieu of the requirements of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, boundary change areas conforming to areas of the U. S. Rectangular survey may be described by township, section, quarter-section or quarter-quarter section, or if the areas conform to subdivision lots and blocks, may be described by lot and block description.

(c) A map shall be provided to the filing body by the county assessor or the department within 14 days after the filing body notifies the assessor and department that a boundary change is being proposed. The boundary line shall then be accurately entered thereon by the person, body, officer or agency making the filing.

(d) The description and map shall be filed in final approved form not later than March 31 of the assessment year to which the change applies. Proposed boundary changes shall be certified to the county assessor and the department in the same manner as boundary changes. If the taxing district is located in more than one county, the description and map shall be filed with the assessor in each county and with the department within the time provided in this subsection.

(3) For purposes of this section, boundary change means the change that occurs in the boundaries of a district by reason of:

(a) The formation of a new district;

(b) The consolidation or merger of two or more districts or parts thereof;

(c) The annexation of territory by a district;

(d) The withdrawal of territory from a district; or

(e) The dissolution of a district.

(4) For purposes of this section, the establishment of tax zones within a district constitutes a boundary change.

(5) For the purposes of this section, a proposed change means a boundary change which has not become final or effective by March 31, but which is certain to become final or effective prior to July 1 of the same year.

(6) Each description and map filed under subsection (2) of this section shall be submitted to the Department of Revenue and approved or disapproved within 30 days of receipt.

(7) Within five days of its determination, the Department of Revenue shall mail to each county assessor with whom a filing has been made and to the filing body notice of its approval or disapproval under subsection (6) of this section. If disapproved, the department shall explain what steps must be taken to correct the description or map, and shall cooperate with the filing body in helping it meet the requirements of this section, and whenever possible, the filing date of March 31. Corrected descriptions and maps must then be resubmitted to the department, and approved, and filed with the assessor or assessors.

(8) The filing of the description and map under this section is for assessment and taxation purposes only and does not affect or relate to filing for any other purpose. [Amended by 1965 c.411 §1; 1969 c.151 §1; 1973 c.501 §1; 1975 c.595 §1; 1981 c.804 §38; 1983 c.426 §1; 1991 c.459 §94; 1997 c.541 §157; 2001 c.246 §11; 2001 c.553 §8]