ORS 554.350¹
Service to lands outside district
  • findings
  • tax exemption

(1) A corporation organized pursuant to ORS 554.005 (Filing requirements) to 554.340 (Judicial determination of legality of proceedings) may obligate itself by written contract to utilize the corporation’s delivery system to deliver water for any beneficial use authorized under Oregon law on lands not described in its articles of incorporation if its board of directors by resolution determines that such action does not impair the corporation’s ability to service the lands described in its articles of incorporation. In furtherance of such arrangement the corporation may:

(a) Adopt plans and specifications pursuant to ORS 554.210 (Plans and specifications) for the construction of works and improvements on lands described in its articles of incorporation or on lands not described therein and thereafter to construct the same; and

(b) Pursuant to ORS 554.260 (Contracts with governmental agencies or others for financial assistance or cooperative action), jointly acquire, control and manage any works, improvements, easement or right of way necessary to fulfill its contractual obligations and bind itself for the maintenance, support and operation of the whole or any part thereof.

(2) The delivery of water, the collection of charges for such delivery and the ownership of property pursuant to this section shall not subject the corporation’s income and property, wherever located, to taxation if its property and income are otherwise exempt pursuant to ORS 554.320 (Exemption from taxation). [1979 c.180 §2; 1999 c.591 §1]

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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