2017 ORS 328.304¹
County education bond district
  • creation
  • powers
  • purpose

(1) A board of directors of an education service district may proceed under subsection (2) of this section to create a county education bond district if two-thirds of the component school districts that are part of the education service district and that have at least a majority of the pupils included in the average daily membership of the education service district, as determined by the reports of such school districts for the preceding year, enrolled in the schools of the districts by resolution have approved of the creation of the county education bond district.

(2)(a) The board of directors of an education service district may, by resolution, classify and designate an area within the district as a county education bond district. The boundaries of the county education bond district shall be coterminous with the boundaries of the school districts that have administrative offices that lie within the boundaries of one county within the education service district.

(b) Once so classified and designated, the county education bond district is a body corporate of this state and may:

(A) Acquire by purchase, gift, devise, condemnation proceedings or any other means such real and personal property and rights of way, within the bond district, as in the judgment of the board are necessary or proper in the exercise of the powers of the education service district.

(B) Employ and pay necessary agents, employees and assistants.

(C) Engage in capital construction and capital improvement activities.

(D) Make and accept contracts, deeds, releases and documents that, in the judgment of the board, are necessary or proper in the exercise of the powers of the bond district.

(E) Perform any act necessary or proper to the complete exercise and effect of any of the powers of the county education bond district under ORS 328.205 (Power to contract bonded indebtedness) to 328.304 (County education bond district).

(F) Contract a bonded indebtedness and levy direct ad valorem taxes on all taxable property within the county education bond district in the manner that component school districts and education service districts are authorized to issue bonds and levy taxes under ORS 328.205 (Power to contract bonded indebtedness) to 328.304 (County education bond district) and other laws applicable to the issuance of bonds and levying of taxes by school districts.

(c) The board of directors of the education service district shall be the governing body of the county education bond district. The chairperson of the board of directors of the education service district shall be the chairperson of the county education bond district board. The county education bond district board is authorized to transact all business coming within the jurisdiction of the county education bond district and to sue and be sued.

(d) The county education bond district shall exist for one year from the date of the resolution creating the district or until any bonded indebtedness contracted by the county education bond district for which the district was created has been paid. The existence of a county education bond district may not extend beyond the time period necessary for payment of the bonded indebtedness for which the district was originally created. The board of directors of an education service district may designate an area as a county education bond district that was previously designated as such by proceeding under subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

(3) When authorized by a majority of the electors of the county education bond district and subject to ORS 328.245 (Limitation on bonded debt of districts generally), a county education bond district may contract a bonded indebtedness for any of the following purposes:

(a) To acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, repair, equip or furnish a school building or school buildings or additions thereto;

(b) To fund or refund the removal or containment of asbestos substances in school buildings and to make repairs necessary because of such removal or containment;

(c) To acquire or to improve all property, real and personal, appurtenant thereto or connected therewith, including school buses;

(d) To fund or refund outstanding indebtedness; and

(e) To provide for the payment of the debt.

(4) The county education bond district board shall call an election on a date specified in ORS 255.345 (Special election dates) for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the county education bond district a question of contracting bonded indebtedness referred to in subsection (3) of this section. The requirements for preparing, circulating and filing a petition under this subsection shall be as provided for an initiative petition in ORS 255.135 (Prospective petition) to 255.205 (Retention of petition materials). The petition shall specify the proposed amount of bonded indebtedness. If the electors of the county education bond district approve the contracting of bonded indebtedness, the county education bond district board, without further vote of the electors, shall issue negotiable coupon bonds of the county education bond district, at the time or times that the county education bond district board directs.

(5) As used in ORS 328.205 (Power to contract bonded indebtedness) to 328.304 (County education bond district), “school district” or “district” includes a county education bond district as described in this section. [1997 c.600 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 328—Local Financing of Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors328.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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