Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.230
Lien docket

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After expiration of the time for filing application under ORS 223.210 (Right of property owners to apply for installment payment of assessment), the local government shall enter in a docket kept for that purpose, under separate heads for each local improvement, by name or number, a description of each lot or parcel of land or other property against which the final assessment is made, or which bears or is chargeable for a portion of the actual cost of the local improvement, with the name of the owner and the amount of the unpaid final assessment. The entries shall be made as of the date of initial determination and levy of the final assessment.


The docket shall stand thereafter as a lien docket as for ad valorem property taxes assessed and levied in favor of the local government against each lot or parcel of land or other property, until paid, for the following:


For the amounts of the unpaid final assessments therein docketed, with interest on the installments of the final assessments at the rate determined by the governing body of the local government under ORS 223.215 (Contents of application to pay in installments); and


For any additional interest or penalties imposed by the local government with respect to any installments of final assessments that are not paid when due.


All unpaid final assessments together with accrued and unpaid interest and penalties are a lien on each lot or parcel of land or other property, respectively, in favor of the local government, and the lien shall have priority over all other liens and encumbrances whatsoever.


For a local improvement district assessment lien or system development charge installment payment contract lien to continue, each local government shall make the appropriate lien record, as prescribed by this section and ORS 223.393 (Estimated and final assessments become liens), available on hard copy or through an online electronic medium. [Amended by 1957 c.103 §6; 1959 c.653 §3; 1969 c.531 §2; 1975 c.642 §2a; 1981 c.94 §10; 1981 c.322 §2; 1991 c.902 §13; 1995 c.709 §2; 1997 c.840 §2; 2003 c.195 §10; 2005 c.46 §1]
§§ 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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