2017 ORS 223.685¹
Local government programs to finance seismic rehabilitation of real property

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Local government” means cities and counties.

(b) “Qualifying real property” means multifamily residential dwellings or commercial or industrial buildings that the local government has determined can be benefited by seismic rehabilitation.

(c) “Seismic rehabilitation” means improvements to qualifying real property that are:

(A) Intended to reduce or prevent harm to persons and property due to the effects of seismic activity on the qualifying real property; and

(B) Authorized by a local government implementing a program established under this section.

(2)(a) A local government may establish a program to assist owners of record of qualifying real property in financing cost-effective seismic rehabilitation of the qualifying real property.

(b) A program established pursuant to this subsection may provide for the local government to:

(A) Make loans to owners financed with the net proceeds and interest earnings of revenue bonds authorized by subsection (8) of this section;

(B) Facilitate private financing by the owners; or

(C) Make loans under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and facilitate private financing under subparagraph (B) of this paragraph.

(3) A local government that establishes a program under this section may:

(a) Impose requirements intended to ensure that the loan or financing is consistent with the purposes of the program; and

(b) Impose requirements and conditions on loans or financing agreements that are designed to ensure timely repayment.

(4)(a) If the owner of record of qualifying real property requests financing pursuant to a program established under this section, subject to subsection (5) of this section, the local government implementing the program may:

(A) Enter into a loan agreement with the owner and any other person benefited by the loan; or

(B) Facilitate a financing agreement for the owner and any other person benefited by the financing agreement.

(b) A local government acting pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection may:

(A) If the local government makes a loan, charge the borrower an interest rate on the principal amount that is sufficient to pay the financing costs of the loan program, including loan delinquencies; and

(B) Charge periodic fees to pay for program costs.

(5) A local government may not enter into a loan agreement, or facilitate a financing agreement, under subsection (4) of this section unless the owner has:

(a) Provided written notice to all mortgagees of the qualifying real property that the owner intends to enter into a loan agreement or financing agreement under this section; and

(b) Received written consent from the mortgagees stating that the loan agreement or financing agreement entered into under this section does not constitute an event of default or give rise to any remedies under the terms of the mortgage loan agreements.

(6) The local government implementing a program established under this section may:

(a) Secure a loan or financing with a lien on the benefited qualifying real property with the same priority, as determined under ORS 223.230 (Lien docket) (3), as a lien for assessments for local improvements arising under ORS 223.393 (Estimated and final assessments become liens).

(b) Assess the benefited qualifying real property for the amounts due under a loan agreement or financing agreement.

(c) Enforce a lien and collect an assessment authorized under this section as provided in ORS 223.505 (Definitions for ORS 223.505 to 223.595) to 223.650 (Redemption).

(d) Secure a loan or financing in any other manner that the local government determines is reasonable.

(7)(a) In lieu of enforcing liens and collecting assessments as provided in subsection (6)(c) of this section, a local government may certify the assessment, in the manner provided in ORS 310.060 (Notice certifying taxes), to the county assessor of each county in which benefited qualifying real property is located.

(b) If the assessments are certified as provided in this subsection, the county assessor shall:

(A) Enter the assessment upon the county assessment roll against the property described in the certificate, in the manner that other local government assessments are entered;

(B) Collect, account for and enforce the assessments in the manner that local government property taxes are collected, accounted for and enforced; and

(C) Transfer, as provided by law, the assessments collected to the local government that imposed the assessment.

(8) A local government may issue revenue bonds pursuant to ORS 287A.150 (Authority of public body to issue revenue bonds) to finance the costs of a program established under this section, including the costs of making loans for seismic rehabilitation. [2015 c.48 §1; 2017 c.283 §2]

Note: 223.685 (Local government programs to finance seismic rehabilitation of real property) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 223 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


Chapter 223

Notes of Decisions

Fact that ordinance, which charged fee to prop­erty owners taking advantage of privilege of making connec­tion to city wa­ter system, specified that pay­ment would be secured by liens which would be “enforced” in matter provided by this chapter did not, of itself, show that such charges were “assess­ments.” Montgomery Brothers v. City of Corvallis, 34 Or App 785, 580 P2d 190 (1978)

Circuit court has jurisdic­tion to determine merits of assess­ment, but cannot address whether assess­ment is subject to constitu­tional limits on prop­erty taxes. Martin v. City of Tigard, 14 OTR 517 (1999), aff’d 335 Or 444, 72 P3d 619 (2003)

State statutory pro­ce­dures for financing local improve­ments are not exclusive and do not displace consistent local pro­ce­dures. Baker v. City of Woodburn, 190 Or App 445, 79 P3d 901 (2003), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 223—Local Improvements and Works Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors223.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 223, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano223.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.