Cooperation of Governmental Units

ORS 190.010
Authority of local governments to make intergovernmental agreement

A unit of local government may enter into a written agreement with any other unit or units of local government for the performance of any or all functions and activities that a party to the agreement, its officers or agencies, have authority to perform. The agreement may provide for the performance of a function or activity:


By a consolidated department;


By jointly providing for administrative officers;


By means of facilities or equipment jointly constructed, owned, leased or operated;


By one of the parties for any other party;


By an intergovernmental entity created by the agreement and governed by a board or commission appointed by, responsible to and acting on behalf of the units of local government that are parties to the agreement; or


By a combination of the methods described in this section. [Amended by 1953 c.161 §2; 1963 c.189 §1; 1967 c.550 §4; 1991 c.583 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Under this section, agreement between Tri-Met and Portland vested each entity with all powers, rights and duties belonging to other, and it is irrelevant that city ordered relocation of utilities while Tri-Met actually carried out construction of public work for purposes of determining need for compensation. Northwest Natural Gas Co. v. City of Portland, 300 Or 291, 711 P2d 119 (1985)

Attorney General Opinions

County-city agreements for performance of activities which only one of parties is authorized to perform, (1978) Vol 38, p 2045; special road district authority to contribute federal grant to county for road improvement, (1979) Vol 39, p 549; authority of city to transfer its harbor facilities to newly formed port district, which includes city within its boundaries, without consideration for the transfer, (1979) Vol 39, p 757


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