City Boundary Changes

ORS 222.540
Procedure for division of installations on withdrawal of part of water district

  • appeal
  • joint operations


When a part of a water district, including a domestic water supply corporation, is withdrawn, the district shall, by action of its governing body, turn over to the city, of which the withdrawn area becomes a part, its water mains, service installations, structures, facilities, improvements and other property in the area withdrawn from the district that are not necessary for the operation of the remainder of the water control or water supply system of the district. All water mains, service installations, reservoirs, structures, facilities, improvements and other property that are necessary for the district to continue maintenance and operation of its water control or water supply system remain the property of the district, regardless of whether they are located within or without the city. If the city is not satisfied with the property division made by the district governing body, or if, within 90 days from the effective date of the withdrawal, the district governing body has failed to make a division, the city’s governing body may request the county court or board of county commissioners of the county in which the property is situated to decide upon the division.


After giving 10 days’ notice and an opportunity to be heard to the district governing body, the court or board shall, in accordance with the standards of guidance provided in this section for the district governing board, divide the property.


The decision of the county court or board of commissioners is binding upon all parties in interest, except that an appeal may be taken therefrom for abuse of discretion in arriving at the decision to the circuit court of the county in which the property withdrawn is located within 30 days from the announcement of the decision. The functions of the district must be continued in the entire preexisting area by the district until the final determination of the division of property.


This section does not prevent the governing bodies of the city and the district from arriving at a binding agreement for a joint operation of the water or other facilities of each that will be beneficial to and equitable for the inhabitants and property owners of each after the withdrawal of part of the water district. [Amended by 1965 c.509 §6; 2007 c.420 §2]
§§ 222.510 to 222.580

Law Review Citations

50 WLR 619 (2014)

Chapter 222

Notes of Decisions

Provisions of this chapter do not require final decisions on small tract annexations to be made in quasi-judicial proceedings rather than by popular vote. Stewart v. City of Corvallis, 48 Or App 709, 617 P2d 921 (1980), Sup Ct review denied


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