ORS 554.080¹
Corporate existence
  • powers of corporation

When the articles of incorporation are filed by the Secretary of State, the persons appointed in the articles as directors, and their successors in office, associates and assigns, by the name assumed in such articles, shall thereafter be deemed a body corporate with power:

(1) To sue and be sued.

(2) To contract and be contracted with.

(3) To have and use a corporate seal and to alter the same at pleasure.

(4) To purchase, condemn by the power of eminent domain, possess and dispose of such real and personal property as may be necessary and convenient to carry into effect the objects of the corporation, and to take, hold, possess and dispose of all real and personal property donated to such corporation by the United States or by any state, territory, county, city or other municipal corporation or by any person, for the purpose of aiding in the objects of such corporation.

(5) To appoint such subordinate officers, employees and agents as the business of the corporation may require, and prescribe their duties and compensation.

(6) To make, establish or amend bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the laws of the state, the articles of incorporation, or the covenants and provisions of the landowners’ notice provided in ORS 554.170 (Covenants by landowners) to 554.190 (Recording notice), if any is filed, prescribing the manner and mode of conducting the business of the corporation, distributing and using water in domestic use, irrigation, usage of any drainage or flood control works, and enforcing the collection of rates, tolls, charges, fees, fines and assessments, but such bylaws, rules and regulations must be ratified by two-thirds of the votes of the members of the corporation.

(7) To prescribe, fix, make and charge and collect from the water users or those who receive the benefits of the corporation, rates, tolls, fees, fines and charges for the maintenance and operation of the corporation, for the use of water, or for the use of any of the works of the corporation, or for violation of any of the bylaws, rules and regulations of the corporation; such rates, tolls, fines, fees and charges shall be a lien on the crops produced as prescribed in ORS 545.275 (Lien on crops for water supplied for irrigation), and may also be made a lien upon the land to which the water was furnished, or benefit was provided, as prescribed in ORS 554.135 (Alternate method for collecting assessments).

(8) To make, levy and collect any assessment either ratably or in proportion to the benefits received as the bylaws or recorded landowners’ notice may provide, upon the lands described in the articles of incorporation, for the purpose of providing the amount of money required to be raised by the corporation through such assessments for any purposes whatsoever, including maintenance and operation, estimated delinquencies on assessments, principal and interest of maturing indebtedness, and such reserve as may be necessary or provided by the bylaws, subject to the limitations, restrictions and provisions of the recorded landowners’ notice. [Amended by 1987 c.94 §148; 1991 c.459 §432d]

Chapter 554

Notes of Decisions

Water improve­ment district formed under this chapter is unit of govern­ment for purposes of filing suit under ORS 305.583 (Interested taxpayer petitions for certain determinations), but is not "govern­mental unit" within meaning of sec­tion 11b, Article XI of Oregon Constitu­tion. Comeaux v. Water Wonderland Improve­ment Dist., 12 OTR 132 (1992), aff'd 315 Or 562, 847 P2d 841 (1993)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of State Land Board to enter into nonprofit wa­ter supply district corpora­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2199

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 554—Corporations for Irrigation, Drainage, Water Supply or Flood Control, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors554.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 554, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­554ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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