(1) The governing body of the municipality, by proposed charter amendment or ordinance, may refer the question of acquiring and constructing a disposal or water system, as defined in ORS 448.115 (Definitions for ORS 448.115 to 448.285), to a vote of its electors, and after approval thereof by a majority of such electors, may authorize the issuance of and cause to be issued bonds of the municipality for such purposes. The bonds may be general obligation, limited obligation or self-liquidating in character in a sum not more than the amount authorized at such election and shall be subject to ORS 454.205 (Municipality defined) to 454.255 (Plans and cost estimates). The bonds may provide for payment of principal and interest thereon from service charges to be imposed by the governing body for services to be extended through employment and use of the disposal or water system. If service charges are imposed to be paid as provided in ORS 454.225 (Rates and charges), such portion thereof as may be deemed sufficient shall be set aside as a sinking fund for payment of interest on the bond and the principal thereof at maturity.
(2)(a) When the Environmental Quality Commission or the Oregon Health Authority enters an order pursuant to ORS chapter 183 that requires the acquisition or construction of a disposal system or a water system in a municipality, respectively, the governing body of the municipality shall refer to its electors the question of a bond issue in an amount sufficient to finance the necessary acquisition or construction of such disposal or water system. The election shall be held within one year of the date the order of the commission or authority is entered.
(b) If, within eight months after the order of the commission or authority, the governing body of the municipality has not called an election in compliance with paragraph (a) of this subsection, the commission or authority, whichever is appropriate, may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the municipality is located, or to the Circuit Court of Marion County for an order compelling the holding of an election.
(c) If the electors do not approve the disposal system bond issue, submitted pursuant to paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, the commission may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the municipality is located or to the Circuit Court of Marion County for an order directing that self-liquidating bonds of the municipality be issued and sold pursuant to ORS 454.205 (Municipality defined) to 454.255 (Plans and cost estimates), and directing that the proceeds be applied to the acquisition or construction of a disposal system required to comply with the final order of the commission. If the court finds that the disposal system required by the final order of the commission is necessary under the rules or standards of the commission, it shall issue an order directing that such bonds be issued and sold without elector approval in such an amount as the court finds necessary to acquire or construct such disposal system, and that the proceeds be applied for such purposes.
(d) Any court proceeding authorized by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection shall be advanced on the court docket for immediate hearing. [1973 c.213 §5; 1981 c.749 §22; 2009 c.595 §937]