Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.455
Right of purchaser at sale under prior assessment

In cases where a sale was made under the original final assessment or any previous reassessment, with reference to such local improvement, and the property was not redeemed from the sale, the purchaser at the sale is subrogated to the rights of the local government with reference to the property upon such reassessment if the purchaser waives all penalties and interest, except such interest as may be provided for on the reassessment, and delivers up for cancellation any certificate or other evidence of the sale. If a deed was issued at the sale, the grantee therein, or the heirs, executors, administrators, successors or assigns of the grantee, shall execute a deed of release and quitclaim of all right, title and interest in the property under such sale to the owner of the property and deliver the deed to the recorder, so that the owner’s title may be cleared of the sale. The recorder shall act as escrow holder of such certificate or other evidence of sale and of such deed pending completion of reassessment. If the reassessment is not completed, the recorder shall return the certificate or other evidence of sale and the deed to the person delivering it to the recorder. If the reassessment is completed, the certificate or other evidence of sale shall be canceled and placed on file in the office of the recorder and the deed shall be delivered to the owner of the property specified therein. If any such purchaser, or the heirs, executors, administrators, successors or assigns of such purchaser fails to comply with this section, that person is not entitled to subrogation. In any event, the amount of subrogation shall not exceed the amount that has been paid to the local government on such sale, together with interest at the rate of six percent per annum from the date of sale until the date of payment. This amount is to be paid by the local government to the purchaser, or the heirs, executors, administrators, successors or assigns of the purchaser if and when the local government collects the amount of the reassessment against the property. [Amended by 1991 c.902 §52; 2003 c.802 §34]
§§ 223.405 to 223.485

Notes of Decisions

Where city initially formed local improvement district properly but later unilaterally acted to substantially change the character, cost and benefits of the improvement, effect was to create new local improvement district without following required procedures and city could not reassess for the improvements without forming the district properly. Heritage Square Dev. Co. v. City of Sandy, 58 Or App 485, 648 P2d 1317 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

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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