Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.208
System development and connection charges of local government subject to Bancroft Bonding Act


Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the rights and duties accorded local governments and the owners of property for financing and assessments under ORS 223.205 (Scope and application) to 223.775 (Assessment of property of cemetery authority benefited by certain improvements) shall apply to the following:


A system development charge designed to finance the purchase or development of a public park or recreational facility or the construction, extension or enlargement of a street, community water supply, storm sewer or sewerage or disposal system as defined in ORS 199.464 (Commission approval for exercise of additional district function, to extraterritorially extend district or city sewer or water line or to establish privately owned community water system) imposed by a local government as a condition to issuance of any occupancy permit or imposed by a local government at such other time as, by ordinance, it may determine.


That portion of a connection charge imposed by a local government that is greater than the amount necessary to reimburse the local government for its costs of inspection and installing connections with system mains.


Notwithstanding ORS 223.230 (Lien docket), the financing of system development or connection charges under this section may, at the option of the governing body, be a second lien on real property, which lien shall be inferior only to the mortgage or other security interest held by the lender of the owner’s purchase money. Bonds issued under this subsection shall be issued separately from bonds otherwise issued under ORS 223.205 (Scope and application) to 223.775 (Assessment of property of cemetery authority benefited by certain improvements) and shall comply with all applicable federal regulations. [1977 c.722 §3; 1979 c.837 §1; 1983 c.349 §1; 1991 c.902 §8; 1997 c.249 §62; 2001 c.662 §1; 2003 c.802 §4]
§§ 223.205 to 223.295

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Application of Bancroft Bonding Act to weatherization of private homes and apartment buildings, (1980) Vol 41, p 58; application of Ballot Measure 47 (Oregon Constitution Article XI, section 11g) to issuance of Bancroft bonds, (1996) Vol 48, p 67

Chapter 223

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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