ORS 478.410¹
Power of district to levy taxes, borrow money, sell bonds and create fees

(1) To provide funds for defraying expenses for the establishment, equipment and maintenance of the district, the district board may provide for a tax on the assessed value of all taxable property within the district.

(2) To carry into effect any of the powers granted to the district, the district, when authorized by a majority of the voters voting at an election called for that purpose, may borrow money and sell and dispose of general obligation bonds. The total outstanding general obligation bonds, together with liabilities outstanding incurred under rental or lease-purchase agreements authorized by subsection (3) of this section, may not exceed one and one-fourth percent (0.0125) of the real market value of all taxable property within the district, computed in accordance with ORS 308.207 (Computation of real market value for taxing or bonding limitations).

(3) The district board may enter into rental or lease-purchase agreements to rent, lease or acquire real or personal property, or both, required for fire-protection purposes. Except for agreements to rent, lease or acquire real property, an agreement may not run for more than 10 years or be subject to renewal. The aggregate principal obligations under the agreements, and under other like agreements, with outstanding bonded indebtedness, may not exceed the limitation imposed by subsection (2) of this section. ORS 294.305 (Sections constituting Local Budget Law) to 294.555 (Filing copy of budget and certain documents with county assessor and Department of Revenue) do not affect or restrict the right of any district to enter into an agreement described in this subsection.

(4) Unless expressly prohibited by the documents creating the district, a district board may adopt an ordinance as provided under ORS 198.510 (Definitions for ORS 198.510 to 198.600) to 198.600 (Penalty for violation of regulations) to create a fee for any service provided by the district. A fee created under authority of this section may not exceed the cost to the district of providing the service. The fee authority granted to a board by this subsection is in addition to any authority granted to a board under local law or by the documents creating the district. Notwithstanding ORS 198.600 (Penalty for violation of regulations), the failure to pay a fee created under authority of this section is not a violation punishable under ORS 198.600 (Penalty for violation of regulations). [Amended by 1959 c.520 §1; 1963 c.9 §30; 1967 c.235 §1; 1969 c.667 §26; 1975 c.467 §1; 1981 c.804 §108; 1983 c.192 §3; 1991 c.459 §418; 2005 c.620 §1]

Chapter 478

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Propriety of office holding of a land owning nonresident elected director of a rural fire protec­tion district, (1975) Vol 37, p 873

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 53 (1971)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 478—Rural Fire Protection Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors478.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 478, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­478ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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