Local Improvements and Works Generally

ORS 223.770
Assessment of public property benefited by improvements


Whenever all or any part of the cost of public improvements made by any local government is to be assessed to the property benefited thereby, benefited property owned by the local government or any other public body as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined) shall be assessed the same as private property and the amount of the assessment shall be paid by the public body, provided that the costs of the improvements are, in any given case, of the type that may be bonded under ORS 223.205 (Scope and application) and 223.210 (Right of property owners to apply for installment payment of assessment) to 223.215 (Contents of application to pay in installments).


In the case of property owned by the state, the amount of the assessment shall be certified by the treasurer and filed with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services as a claim for reference to the Legislative Assembly in the manner provided by ORS 293.316 (Appeal of disputed claim), unless funds for the payment of the assessment have been otherwise provided by law. [Amended by 1967 c.454 §93; 1991 c.902 §87; 2003 c.802 §61]
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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