Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.215
Contents of application to pay in installments

  • computation of installments


(a) The installment application shall state that the applicant does thereby waive all irregularities or defects, jurisdictional or otherwise, in the proceedings to cause the local improvement for which the final assessment is levied and in the apportionment of the actual cost of the local improvement.


The application shall provide that the applicant agrees to pay the final assessment over a period of not less than 10 years nor more than 30 years and according to such terms as the governing body of the local government may provide. The governing body may provide that the owner of the assessed property may elect to have the final assessment payable over a period of less than 10 years and according to such terms as the governing body may provide.


The application shall also provide that the applicant acknowledges and agrees to pay interest at the rate provided by the governing body of the local government on all unpaid assessments, together with an amount, determined by the governing body, sufficient to pay a proportionate part of the cost of administering the bond assessment program and issuing the bonds authorized under ORS 223.235 (Issuance of bonds), including but not limited to legal, printing and consultant’s fees.


The application shall also contain a statement, by lots or blocks, or other convenient description, of the property of the applicant assessed for the improvement.


In connection with the final assessments for any local improvement, the governing body of the local government may establish a procedure by which an owner of any property to be assessed may irrevocably elect in writing to have the final assessment levied for a number of years less than 10, which shall be determined by the governing body. The written election shall:


Be signed by the owner or a duly authorized representative of the owner;


Contain a description of the assessed property and the local improvement for which the assessment is made; and


Contain a statement by the owner acknowledging that the improvement is a local improvement as described under ORS 223.001 (Definitions) (9), that payment of the final assessment against the properties benefited by the local improvement plus interest may be spread over at least 10 years and that, notwithstanding any provision of law, the owner consents to make payments over a period of less than 10 years and to have the assessment levied on the benefited property accordingly.


The election under subsection (2) of this section shall be recorded in the bond lien docket for the local improvement to which the assessment relates. From and after the time at which the written election is so recorded, it shall be valid and binding upon all subsequent owners of the property or any part thereof. [Amended by 1957 c.103 §3; 1959 c.653 §2; 1969 c.531 §1; 1971 c.100 §1; 1975 c.320 §1; 1981 c.322 §1; 1985 c.656 §1; 1991 c.902 §11; 2003 c.802 §6]

Notes of Decisions

Requirement that applicant waive challenges to assessment amount in order to pay assessment over 10-year period does not conflict with definition of "local improvement" in Article XI, section 11b, Oregon Constitution. Martin v. City of Tigard, 14 OTR 517 (1999), aff'd 335 Or 444, 72 P3d 619 (2003)

§§ 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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