ORS 554.300¹
Amendment of articles
  • approval by members
  • dissolution of corporation by members
  • inclusion of lands by irrigation, drainage or flood control district

(1) The articles of incorporation of any corporation organized under ORS 554.005 (Filing requirements) to 554.340 (Judicial determination of legality of proceedings) may at any time be amended so as to include or exclude land as provided under ORS 554.510 (Authority to include or exclude lands) to 554.590 (Articles of amendment), include or delete matters described under ORS 554.040 (Contents of articles) or 554.050 (Nonprofit corporations) or to make other amendments authorized under this chapter. An amendment shall not affect the date of priority of the lien of the corporation upon any land, but as to any new land included by an amendment the lien shall attach from the date of the recording of the amended notice. No land can be excluded until its proportionate share of all existing debts of the corporation has been paid.

(2) An amendment other than an amendment to include or exclude land shall be voted upon by the members at a regular meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose. The amendment shall require approval by two-thirds or more of the votes of the members present or by proxy. The articles of amendment shall be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of State for filing.

(3) In addition to the procedures available for administrative dissolution under ORS 554.302 (Dissolution of corporation by Secretary of State) and 554.305 (Notice of grounds for dissolution), any such corporation may be dissolved and its affairs terminated as provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this section. However, no corporation may be dissolved as provided in subsections (4) and (5) of this section before payment or release of all debts and obligations of the corporation, including every contract and agreement with the federal or the state government, or its or their constituted governmental authorities or agencies, or the assumption of its obligations by another with the consent of all parties.

(4) The board of directors of the corporation shall cause notice to be given of a meeting of the members, which notice shall contain a statement to the effect that the dissolution of the corporation will be considered at the meeting, and a brief statement of the reasons why dissolution is deemed advisable. The question of whether or not the corporation shall be dissolved may be presented at the meeting, and if two-thirds or more of the votes of the members present or by proxy are cast in favor of dissolution, the board shall proceed to dissolve the corporation and liquidate its affairs. The board shall constitute a board of trustees and as such shall dispose of the property of the corporation and pay its debts and obligations or procure releases thereof; provided, that in case an irrigation district, drainage district or flood control district is organized to include the lands in the corporation or any part thereof, the board of directors of the corporation, or the board of trustees in case the corporation has voted to dissolve, shall convey to such irrigation, drainage or flood control district any and all irrigation works or other property owned by such corporation, upon the assumption by the irrigation, drainage or flood control district of the obligations of the corporation.

(5) Upon completing the liquidation of the corporation, the trustees shall submit to the Office of the Secretary of State for filing a statement that the corporation has been dissolved and its affairs liquidated. The trustees also shall send a true copy of the statement to the county clerk of the county in which the corporation had its principal place of business, that the corporation has been legally dissolved, and the clerk shall record the statement in the records of the office of the clerk. [Amended by 1971 c.200 §9; 1985 c.351 §23; 1987 c.94 §150; 1995 c.233 §6]

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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