2017 ORS 305.589¹
Judicial declarations
  • petition by local government
  • notice
  • intervention
  • appeal
  • remedies
  • costs

(1) A local government unit or an association of local government units acting for the common benefit of and on behalf of consenting members may petition the regular division of the Oregon Tax Court for a judicial declaration of the court concerning a question described in ORS 305.580 (Exclusive remedies for certain determinations).

(2) Notice of the commencement of a proceeding under this section shall be given by the petitioner or petitioners by publication of notice directed to all electors, taxpayers and other interested persons, without naming such electors, taxpayers or other interested persons individually. The notice shall be published at least once a week for three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the boundaries of the local government unit and each of the consenting members of the association of local government units, if any, or if no such newspaper is published therein, then in a contiguous county.

(3) The petitioner or petitioners may elect to give further notice to affected electors, taxpayers and other interested persons, or the court may order such further notice as the court considers practicable.

(4) The action authorized by this section shall be a special proceeding in the nature of an ex parte proceeding in the absence of the intervention of a respondent in opposition to the petition.

(5) Jurisdiction of the local government unit and of consenting members of an association of local government units shall be obtained by filing of the petition. Jurisdiction over the electors, taxpayers and other interested persons shall be complete 10 days after the date of completing publication of the notice provided for in subsection (2) of this section, or giving of any further notice as provided for in subsection (3) of this section. Jurisdiction of any other party shall be obtained by appearance of any interested person who seeks and is granted leave to intervene in the proceeding.

(6)(a) Any elector, taxpayer or interested person or local government unit that may be affected by the tax, fee, charge or assessment that is the subject of the petition may intervene as a petitioner or respondent by filing the appropriate appearance.

(b) Any elector, taxpayer or interested person or local government unit that may be affected by the use of the proceeds of the bonded indebtedness or a person that is subject to a tax, fee, charge or assessment that is pledged to secure or available for payment of the bonded indebtedness that is the subject of the petition may intervene as a petitioner or respondent by filing the appropriate appearance.

(7) Any party to a proceeding commenced under this section, including a consenting member of an association of local government units that was a party to the proceeding, may appeal from the judgment rendered by the tax court to the Oregon Supreme Court in the manner provided for appeals from other decisions of the tax court under ORS 305.445 (Appeals to Supreme Court).

(8)(a) If, in a proceeding commenced under this section, the court finds that a tax, fee, charge or assessment is subject to the limits of section 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution, the court may order such relief as it considers appropriate, but such relief shall be prospective only.

(b) If, in a proceeding commenced under this section, the court finds that a use of the proceeds of bonded indebtedness is not authorized, the tax court may prohibit the expenditure or proceed in accordance with ORS 305.586 (Legislative findings).

(9) Costs of the proceeding may be allowed and apportioned between the parties in the discretion of the court.

(10) As used in this section:

(a) “Association of local government units” means an association, or any other lawful organization, composed of member local government units organized for the mutual benefit of such local government units.

(b) “Consenting member” means a member of an association of local government units who affirmatively consents, through filing of a consenting certificate with the tax court, to the commencement of a proceeding under this section.

(c) “Local government unit” means any unit of local government, including a city, county, incorporated town or village, school district, any other special district, or any other municipal or quasi-municipal corporation, intergovernmental authority created pursuant to ORS 190.010 (Authority of local governments to make intergovernmental agreement), a district as defined in ORS 198.010 (“District” defined for chapter), 198.180 (“District” defined for ORS 198.190) and 198.210 (“District” defined for ORS 198.220) or an urban renewal agency established under ORS 457.035 (Urban renewal agencies). [1991 c.459 §27; 1993 c.270 §21; 1999 c.340 §12; 2003 c.195 §22; 2003 c.576 §250; 2005 c.22 §226]

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Notes of Decisions

Policy of efficient and effective tax collec­tion makes doctrine of estoppel against govern­ment in tax cases one of rare applica­tion. Pacific Conference v. Dept. of Rev., 7 OTR 429 (1978)

Law Review Cita­tions

9 WLJ 193-260 (1973); 48 WLR 147 (2011)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 305—Administration of Revenue and Tax Laws; Appeals, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors305.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 305, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano305.­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.