Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.118
Remonstrance against assessment

  • exclusion of property


In addition to the requirements listed in ORS 223.117 (Requirements of assessment ordinance) (2), an assessment ordinance adopted under ORS 223.114 (Economic improvement) and 223.117 (Requirements of assessment ordinance) may, at the discretion of the council, provide that:


When the council receives written objections at the public hearing only from owners of property upon which less than 33 percent of the total amount of assessments is levied, the economic improvement project may be undertaken or constructed, but that assessments shall not be levied on any lot or parcel of property if the owner of that property submitted written objections at the public hearing. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an owner of property who fails to submit written objections at the public hearing as provided for in the ordinance shall be deemed to have made a specific request for the economic improvement services to be provided during the period of time specified in the assessment ordinance.


The council, after excluding from assessment property belonging to such owners, shall determine the amount of assessment on each of the remaining lots or parcels in the district.


Notice of such proposed assessment be mailed or personally delivered to the owner of each lot to be assessed, which notice shall state the amount of the assessment proposed on the property of the owner receiving the notice.


When assessments are levied against property within an economic improvement district in accordance with an assessment ordinance that contains the provisions described in subsection (1) of this section:


Any new owner of benefited property in the district or any owner of benefited property who excluded the property from assessment by submitting written objections to the council may subsequently agree to the assessment of the owner’s property in the district. The council shall apportion the costs to the property for the remaining time in which assessments will be levied.


The assessed property may not be relieved from liability for that assessment.


If the council considers it necessary to levy assessments upon property in the district for longer than the period of time specified in the assessment ordinance, the council shall enact an ordinance that provides for continued assessments for a specified number of years and grants to property owners in the district the notice and right of remonstrance described in ORS 223.117 (Requirements of assessment ordinance) (2)(b) to (e) and subsection (1)(a) to (c) of this section. [1991 c.773 §2]
§§ 223.112 to 223.132

Notes of Decisions

Assessment ordinance is legislative decision, not quasi-judicial decision that only may be challenged by writ of review. Kozak v. City of Bend, 231 Or App 163, 217 P3d 1118 (2009)

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Notes of Decisions

Fact that ordinance, which charged fee to property owners taking advantage of privilege of making connection to city water system, specified that payment would be secured by liens which would be "enforced" in matter provided by this chapter did not, of itself, show that such charges were "assessments." Montgomery Brothers v. City of Corvallis, 34 Or App 785, 580 P2d 190 (1978)

Circuit court has jurisdiction to determine merits of assessment, but cannot address whether assessment is subject to constitutional limits on property taxes. Martin v. City of Tigard, 14 OTR 517 (1999), aff'd 335 Or 444, 72 P3d 619 (2003)

State statutory procedures for financing local improvements are not exclusive and do not displace consistent local procedures. Baker v. City of Woodburn, 190 Or App 445, 79 P3d 901 (2003), Sup Ct review denied


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