2017 ORS 297.425¹
Annual audits required
  • compensation
  • expenses
  • subjects of audits

(1) Except as provided in ORS 297.435 (Exemption from audit), the accounts and fiscal affairs of every municipal corporation shall be audited and reviewed at least once each calendar or fiscal year, and more often if considered advisable by the governing body or managing or executive officer of the municipal corporation. The audits and reviews shall be made by accountants pursuant to contracts entered into by the governing body, or managing or executive officer, and accountants, or by the Secretary of State pursuant to a duly adopted ordinance or resolution. Upon request of the secretary, the governing body, or managing or executive officer, shall provide the secretary with a copy of the contract entered into or an ordinance or resolution adopted under this section.

(2) The compensation for audits and reviews performed by accountants shall be as agreed upon between the governing body, or managing or executive officer of the municipal corporation, and the accountant, and shall be paid in the same manner as other claims against the municipal corporation are paid.

(3) All expenses and costs incurred by the Secretary of State in conducting audits and reviews for municipal corporations shall be borne by the municipal corporation for which a particular audit or review is made. The expenses and costs shall be paid to the secretary in the same manner as other claims against the municipal corporation are paid.

(4) Audits and reviews required by this section shall inquire into:

(a) The principles of accounting and methods followed by the municipal corporation in recording, summarizing and reporting its financial transactions and financial condition;

(b) The accuracy and legality of the transactions, accounts, records, files and financial reports of the officers and employees of the municipal corporation as they relate to its fiscal affairs; and

(c) Compliance with requirements, orders and regulations of other public officials which pertain to the financial condition or financial operations of the municipal corporation. [1977 c.774 §4; 1987 c.143 §5; 2001 c.26 §1; 2007 c.184 §1; 2015 c.29 §1]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Secretary of State to audit Councils of Govern­ments, (1974) Vol 37, p 249; audits by Secretary of State of Oregon Parks Founda­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2105; county fair associa­tion as “state aided institu­tion,” (1979) Vol 39, p 505; Secretary of State auditing state po­lit­i­cal parties’ “dollar check-off” funds, (1979) Vol 40, p 101; Oregon Trade and Marketing Center, Inc. as subject to Municipal Audit Law or state audit law, (1988) Vol 46, p 97

Chapter 297

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Duty or authority of Secretary of State to con­duct performance audits, (1985) Vol. 44, p 381

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 297—Audits of Public Funds and Financial Records, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors297.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 297, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano297.­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.