Acquisition of distribution facilities outside district
(1) Except as to distribution facilities located in unincorporated territory at or near the boundaries of the people’s utility district and forming an interconnected part of the distribution system within the district, as determined by the county governing body after a public hearing, no facilities then being used for the distribution of electric energy outside the boundaries of the district shall be acquired by it until the acquisition thereof is approved by a majority of the electors registered in the territory in which the facilities are located, voting on that question at an election duly called for that purpose as provided in this section. If a part of the facilities is located within a city, the election shall be conducted so that the electors of the city may vote separately and have their votes counted separately, and the part within any city may not be acquired unless a majority of the electors of the city voting on the question approves.
(2) When a district desires to acquire facilities outside its boundaries for distribution of electric energy, the board of directors shall pass a resolution declaring that purpose, specifying the facilities that it desires to acquire and describing the boundaries of the territory served by the facilities so as to include all those receiving service or can be reasonably served through the facilities.
(3) A certified copy of the resolution shall be filed with the county governing body. Within 90 days thereafter, the county governing body shall designate the boundaries of the territory served by the facilities, and certify the boundaries to the counties in which they are located. The county governing body shall at the same time notify each of the counties of the call of an election for the purpose of authorizing acquisition of the facilities. This certification and notification shall be given to the county clerks of the respective counties. The notice shall state the time of the election and contain a ballot title stated in clear and concise language.
(4) The provisions of ORS 261.200 (Proclamation of district formation or boundary change) shall be complied with insofar as applicable. Ballots cast by electors of cities shall be separately kept and counted for each city. [Amended by 1973 c.796 §13a; 1979 c.558 §21; 1983 c.83 §34; 2003 c.802 §78]
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