2017 ORS 554.375¹
Dissolution of district and reorganization as corporation
  • meeting of landowners
  • approval of reorganization by landowners

(1) The board of supervisors of a drainage district organized under ORS chapter 547 and existing prior to January 1, 1993, or the advisory board of a diking district organized under ORS chapter 551 and existing prior to January 1, 1993, may call a meeting of the owners of land situated in the district for the purpose of determining whether or not the district shall dissolve and reorganize as a corporation for drainage or flood control organized under this chapter.

(2) At least 10 days before the date of the meeting, notice of the meeting shall be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation published in each county in which lands of the district are situated.

(3) The landowners, assembled at the place and time required by the notice, shall consider the question whether or not the district shall dissolve and reorganize as provided in this section. Each owner is entitled to one vote in person or by proxy for each acre of land owned by the owner in the district.

(4) Members representing more than 75 percent of the votes entitled to be cast within the district constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, including voting on the question of dissolution and reorganization, at the meeting.

(5) If members representing two-thirds or more of the votes entitled to be cast within the district approve dissolving the district and reorganizing the district as a corporation under this chapter, the board of supervisors or the advisory board of the district shall adopt an order so proclaiming and enter the order upon the minutes of the meeting. The chairperson of the meeting shall deliver to the Secretary of State a certified copy of the order proclaiming the results of the vote on the question of dissolution and reorganization.

(6) The board of supervisors or the advisory board of the district shall thereupon proceed with dissolution and reorganization as provided in ORS 554.380 (Articles of incorporation for corporation formed from dissolved district) and 554.385 (Findings by board of reorganizing district). [1993 c.502 §1; 1995 c.233 §7]

Chapter 554

Notes of Decisions

Water improve­ment district formed under this chapter is unit of govern­ment for purposes of filing suit under ORS 305.583 (Interested taxpayer petitions for certain determinations), but is not “govern­mental unit” within meaning of sec­tion 11b, Article XI of Oregon Constitu­tion. Comeaux v. Water Wonderland Improve­ment Dist., 12 OTR 132 (1992), aff’d 315 Or 562, 847 P2d 841 (1993)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of State Land Board to enter into nonprofit wa­ter supply district corpora­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2199

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 554—Corporations for Irrigation, Drainage, Water Supply or Flood Control, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors554.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 554, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano554.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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