Accepting deed where timber fire reduces value of property
- • sale of timber or property acquired
(1) The county court or board of county commissioners may accept deeds to any property in process of foreclosure for tax delinquencies, the chief value of which, when assessed for taxation, was in green standing timber, whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the court or board that, subsequent to any assessment of the property on which taxes are delinquent, its value has been reduced materially due to damage by fire and that it is necessary to expedite the harvesting of the fire-damaged timber.
(2) The court or board may sell the timber from lands so acquired, in the manner and for the price the court or board deems for the best interest of the county, but if any lands so acquired are sold by the county, whether before or after sale of the timber thereon, the lands shall be sold in the manner provided by law for sale by a county of real property acquired through foreclosure of liens for delinquent taxes.
(3) The proceeds from the sale of timber from the lands acquired under this section shall be distributed in the same manner as proceeds from the sale of property are distributed under ORS 275.275 (Distribution of proceeds). All payments received after May 16, 1955, in consideration for the use of roads made in connection with the sale of such timber, and any other payments received after that date whether by gift or otherwise made in connection with the sale of such timber, shall be considered proceeds from the sale of such timber and shall be distributed as provided in this subsection.
(4) This section applies only where the damage resulted from one fire and the area involved is in excess of 10,000 acres. [Amended by 1955 c.546 §1; 1969 c.595 §14]
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