Chapter 545 Irrigation Districts

General Provisions

§ 545.001 Short title
§ 545.002 Definitions
§ 545.007 Voting rights

Formation of Districts

§ 545.025 Purposes of irrigation district
§ 545.029 Hearing of petition by county court
§ 545.033 Naming and division of districts
§ 545.037 Notice of election for determining organization of district
§ 545.041 Conduct of election
§ 545.043 Qualifications of directors

Change of District Boundaries

Generally

§ 545.051 Change of boundaries authorized

Addition of Land

§ 545.057 Petition for inclusion of lands within district
§ 545.059 Notice of petition
§ 545.061 Hearing on petition
§ 545.067 Liability of petitioners for obligations of district
§ 545.071 Acceptance or rejection of petition
§ 545.075 Requirements that may be imposed upon petitioners in western Oregon district
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Subdistricts

§ 545.093 Creation of subdistricts
§ 545.094 Engineering plan for improvements within subdistricts
§ 545.095 Charges or assessments for improvements within subdistrict

Exclusion of Land

§ 545.097 Exclusion of tracts
§ 545.099 Petition for exclusion of lands from district
§ 545.101 Exclusion of subdivisions with three or more tracts on each acre of land
§ 545.105 Assent of bondholders
§ 545.109 Recording minutes of board
§ 545.113 State agency to pay assessment and charges or to petition for exclusion
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Union or Merger of Districts

§ 545.131 Union or merger of districts

District Elections After Formation

Generally

§ 545.135 Elections subsequent to organization of district
§ 545.137 Notices of election
§ 545.139 Board of election
§ 545.141 Conduct of election
§ 545.145 Certificate of vote
§ 545.149 Canvass of returns
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Elections by Mail

§ 545.163 Procedures for conducting election by mail

Electoral Districts

§ 545.167 Division of district for election of directors
§ 545.169 Election of directors from newly created divisions
§ 545.171 Election precincts in divisions

Board of Directors

Organization

§ 545.181 Organization of board
§ 545.183 Compensation and expenses of officers and employees
§ 545.185 Meetings of board
§ 545.187 Vacancy in office when director ceases to be resident or landowner
§ 545.188 Filling vacancy in office of director
§ 545.189 Recall of director

Change in Number of Directors

§ 545.199 Increase in number of directors upon determination of board or petition
§ 545.203 Election of additional directors
§ 545.207 Redivision of district upon increase in directors
§ 545.211 Decrease in number of directors

General Powers and Duties

§ 545.221 Powers and duties of board as to management of district
§ 545.225 Contracts

Powers of Districts

Acquisition of and Entry Onto Land

§ 545.237 Right to enter upon lands for inspection and maintenance of water works
§ 545.239 Right to enter upon and acquire lands and water rights
§ 545.241 Bond or other security as condition of immediate possession in condemnation by irrigation or drainage district
§ 545.245 Right to immediate possession in condemnation proceeding
§ 545.249 Right to condemn for irrigation purposes is a superior right
§ 545.253 Title to and rights in property acquired
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Distribution of Water

§ 545.271 Furnishing water
§ 545.275 Lien on crops for water supplied for irrigation
§ 545.279 District may require water control devices and measuring devices
§ 545.283 Joinder of districts in acquisition or construction of irrigation or other water use works
§ 545.287 Directors may construct or maintain improvements, levy assessments or provide for charges
§ 545.291 Apportionment of water to tracts
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Finances

§ 545.301 Financing acquisition of water works
§ 545.303 Water works system to be self-sustaining
§ 545.305 Election concerning acquisition of water works
§ 545.307 Investment of surplus funds in federal or state bonds

Construction of Improvements

§ 545.315 Petition to construct improvements for irrigation
§ 545.319 Elections on question of constructing improvement
§ 545.323 Majority of votes required to approve construction of improvement

Miscellaneous

§ 545.335 Drainage works

Development of District Lands by United States

§ 545.343 Obligations or contracts with United States under Reclamation Act
§ 545.345 Conveyance of lands to United States
§ 545.347 Obligations or contracts with United States under Fact Finders Act
§ 545.349 Authority to transfer land to federal government for development and colonization
§ 545.351 Acquisition of lands from owners
§ 545.355 Proceedings on extension or cancellation of payments due federal government
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Sale of District Property

§ 545.365 Disposition of real property acquired by district
§ 545.367 Authorization of sale of property, excess water or hydroelectric power
§ 545.369 Release of lien of bonds
§ 545.371 Consent of bondholders
§ 545.373 Proceeds of sale
§ 545.375 Purchaser rights

Charges and Assessments

Generally

§ 545.381 Annual assessments
§ 545.385 Certain lands may be assessed at different amounts
§ 545.387 Assessment on benefit basis
§ 545.389 Deduction for rights or property required by district
§ 545.391 Assessments for contracts with United States
§ 545.393 Resolution concerning assessments for payment to United States
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Assessment Procedure

§ 545.413 Record of assessments and apportionments
§ 545.416 Equalization of assessment and apportionment of taxes
§ 545.418 Meeting of board
§ 545.420 Certification of assessments to county assessors
§ 545.422 Nonperformance by board
§ 545.424 Validation of assessments
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Unpaid Assessments

§ 545.460 Withholding water while assessments are unpaid
§ 545.462 Cancellation or compromise of assessment liens on lands acquired by county for taxes
§ 545.464 Order to tax collector to cancel or change liens
§ 545.466 Effect of ORS 545.462 and 545.464 on existing laws

Exemptions

§ 545.468 Exemption of parcel of land from payment of charge or assessment

Charges for Water Supply and Retirement of Warrants

§ 545.471 Charges for water supply
§ 545.473 Districts providing for collection of charges by board secretary
§ 545.475 Lands subject to assessment
§ 545.477 Collection of charges
§ 545.479 Provisions not exclusive nor operative to relieve district of duty respecting obligations

Alternative Method of Collecting Incurred Charges

§ 545.482 Authorization of method for billing and collecting incurred charges
§ 545.484 Computation of amount to be raised
§ 545.487 Pressurization charge
§ 545.494 Unpaid charge as lien on land
§ 545.496 Collection of incurred charges
§ 545.498 Surety bond to be given by board secretary prior to handling district funds
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Bonds; Contracts With State or Federal Government

Authorization for Bonds or Contracts

§ 545.511 Authorization of bonds, including refunding bonds
§ 545.513 Resubmission of questions to electors
§ 545.515 Bonds
§ 545.517 Bonds securing payments to United States
§ 545.519 Issuance of bonds
§ 545.521 Bonds of districts organized before 1925 with indebtedness of $50,000

Bonds and Contracts As General Obligations

§ 545.529 Bonds and payments payable from assessments
§ 545.532 Increase of assessments to meet defaults

Payment of Assessments for Bonds and Contract Obligations

§ 545.535 Lien against assessed lands
§ 545.537 Sale of lands for delinquency
§ 545.539 Bond sinking funds
§ 545.541 Retirement of bonds prior to maturity
§ 545.545 Determination of liability of individual tracts for bonded indebtedness

Issuance of Bonds by Certain Districts

§ 545.551 Application of ORS 545.553 and 545.555
§ 545.553 Petition for election on authorization and issuance of bonds
§ 545.555 Holding election
§ 545.557 Bonds
§ 545.559 Bonds and coupons to be negotiable instruments

Alternative Method of Issuing Bonds

§ 545.565 Refunding bonds
§ 545.567 Determination of liability for assessment to pay bonds
§ 545.569 Amounts paid to owners for property or rights
§ 545.571 Notice of determination
§ 545.573 Equalization of assessments
§ 545.575 Order determining benefits
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Alternative Method of Liquidating Indebtedness

§ 545.643 Contract providing plan of liquidation
§ 545.645 Terms of contract
§ 545.647 Recording of contract
§ 545.649 New contract in lieu of previous contract
§ 545.651 Constructive consent of holders of outstanding indebtedness
§ 545.655 Notice of petition and terms of contract
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Additional Method of Liquidating Indebtedness

§ 545.671 Contract providing plan of liquidation
§ 545.673 Terms of contract
§ 545.675 Parties to contract
§ 545.677 Election authorizing directors to enter into contract
§ 545.679 Recording of contract

Claims Against Districts

§ 545.683 Submission of claims to board
§ 545.685 Establishing bank account for payment of labor and emergency expenses

Source:
Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 545—Irrigation Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors545.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).