2017 ORS 308.565¹
Apportionment of assessment among counties

(1) For the purpose of determining the amount of the assessment of any centrally assessed company that is to be apportioned to those counties in this state in which the rail lines of the company are located, the Department of Revenue shall multiply the values per mile, as ascertained pursuant to ORS 308.570 (Determining value per mile of main and branch lines of companies using rail lines), of main and branch lines by the number of miles of main and branch lines in each county, including miles of main tracks, spurs, yard tracks and sidetracks, as reported by the company or as otherwise determined by the department.

(2) The department shall apportion values distributed over wire, pipe or pole lines or operational routes to those counties in which the lines or routes are located by multiplying the rate per mile in each case, determined pursuant to ORS 308.575 (Determining value per mile of property of companies using wire, pipe or pole lines or operational routes), by the number of miles of the wire, pipe or pole lines or operational routes in each county.

(3) If the property of any company assessable under ORS 308.505 (Definitions for ORS 308.505 to 308.681) to 308.681 (Annual report to legislature on ORS 308.677) is of such a character that its value cannot reasonably be apportioned on the basis of rail, wire, pipe, pole line or operational route mileage, the department may adopt any other method or basis of apportionment to each county in which the property is located that the department determines to be feasible and proper.

(4) As determined by the department, values of electric power plants and water powers, connected with or used in the operation and business of any company, assessable under ORS 308.505 (Definitions for ORS 308.505 to 308.681) to 308.681 (Annual report to legislature on ORS 308.677), may be apportioned to each county in which power plants and water powers are located in a manner the department deems reasonable and fair.

(5) Assessments of the mobile property of air transportation companies shall be allocated and apportioned only to those counties in which the air transportation companies make service landings. For aircraft less than 75,000 pounds gross taxi weight, the department shall allocate and apportion to the counties 60 percent of the value which would otherwise be allocated and apportioned.

(6)(a) Assessments of water transportation companies shall be allocated and apportioned to those counties in which such companies use or maintain ports or termini, including off-shore anchorages.

(b) For purposes of ORS 308.505 (Definitions for ORS 308.505 to 308.681) to 308.681 (Annual report to legislature on ORS 308.677), the taxing districts to which assessments are apportioned by the county assessor shall be deemed to extend to the center of any river channel or to the ocean bar. [Amended by 1957 c.711 §9; 1987 c.601 §2; 1997 c.154 §40; 2009 c.128 §8]

Notes of Decisions

The wa­ter system in a planned unit develop­ment was properly assessed by the Depart­ment of Revenue as having value for which taxes should have been assessed. Brooks Resources v. Dept. of Rev., 276 Or 1177, 538 P2d 312 (1976)

In valuing a railroad, the weight to be given each approach customarily used (cost, stock and debt, and income) and the varia­tion among appraisers in the minutiae of their methods, if in dispute, are left to the court to consider. Burlington Northern v. Dept. of Rev., 8 OTR 19 (1979), as modified by 291 Or 729, 635 P2d 347 (1981)

Land infested with tansy ragwort and therefore not used to obtain a profit was properly disqualified for special assess­ment at true cash value for farm use. Shepherd v. Dept. of Rev., 8 OTR 122 (1979)

While it is allowable to use only one approach in valuing prop­erty, whether in any given assess­ment one approach should be used exclusive of the others or is preferable to an­oth­er or to combina­tion of approaches is ques­tion of fact to be determined by the court. Pacific Power and Light Co. v. Dept. of Rev., 286 Or 529, 596 P2d 912 (1979)

Central assess­ment statutes create excep­tion to public prop­erty tax exemp­tion out­lined in ORS 307.090 (Property of the state, counties and other municipal corporations). Pacificorp Power Marketing v. Dept. of Revenue, 340 Or 204, 131 P3d 725 (2006)

Law Review Cita­tions

26 WLR 714 (1990)

Chapter 308

Notes of Decisions

Programs administered by Depart­ment of Revenue that allow preferential assess­ment for farm and forestland are not “programs affecting land use” and are not subject to require­ment of statewide goal and local comprehensive plan compliance under ORS 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities). Springer v. LCDC, 111 Or App 262, 826 P2d 54 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion of Article XI, sec­tion 11b of Oregon Constitu­tion to this chapter, (1990) Vol 46, p 388

Law Review Cita­tions

5 EL 516 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 308—Assessment of Property for Taxation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors308.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 308, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano308.­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.