2007 ORS 308A.077¹
Application to qualify nonexclusive farm use zone farmland

(1) Any owner of nonexclusive farm use zone farmland entitled to special assessment under ORS 308A.068 (Qualification of nonexclusive farm use zone farmland) must, to secure the assessment, make application therefor to the county assessor on or before April 1 of the first year in which the assessment is desired.

(2)(a) The application shall be made upon forms prepared by the Department of Revenue and supplied by the county assessor and shall include any information as may reasonably be required to determine the entitlement of the applicant.

(b) The application may be signed by any one of the following:

(A) The owner of the farmland who holds an estate therein in fee simple or for life.

(B) Any one of tenants in common or tenants by the entirety, holding an estate in the farmland in fee simple or for life.

(C) Any person of legal age, duly authorized in writing to sign an application on behalf of any person described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph.

(D) The guardian or conservator of an owner, or the executor or administrator of an owner’s estate.

(E) The purchaser of the fee simple or life estate of an owner under a contract of sale.

(c) The assessor or the deputy of the assessor may not approve an application signed by a person whose authority to sign is not a matter of public record unless there is filed with the assessor a true copy of the deed, contract of sale, power of attorney or other appropriate instrument evidencing the signer’s interest or authority. When filed with the assessor only, such instrument shall not constitute a public record.

(3) There shall be attached to each application the affidavit or affirmation of the applicant that the statements contained therein are true. [Formerly 308.375; 2003 c.46 §23]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Criteria to apply in classifying land as open space, (1972) Vol 35, p 1273; golf course as open space land, (1980) Vol 40, p 288

Notes of Decisions

Applica­tion is re­quired each year until special assess­ment for farm use is granted. Marriott v. Dept. of Rev., 4 OTR 508 (1971)

This sec­tion requires that land not within exclusive farm use zone be specially assessed on or before April 1 of first year in which such assess­ment is desired. Burns v. Dept. of Rev., 9 OTR 469 (1984)

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 407 (1974)

Notes of Decisions

The purpose of this legisla­tion is to defeat effect on bona fide farmer of increased assess­ments growing out of highest and best use require­ment. Hulburt v. Dept. of Rev., 4 OTR 475 (1971)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 308A—Land Special Assessments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­308a.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 308A, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­308aano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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