Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.610
Foreclosure of certain liens by suits in equity

In addition to methods now provided by law, charters, ordinances or acts of incorporation for the foreclosure or collection of liens, any local government may foreclose any lien lawfully levied or assessed by it, by suit in equity in the circuit court of the county in which the local government is located. [Amended by 1991 c.902 §71; 2003 c.802 §46]
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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