Collection of Property Taxes

ORS 311.420
Dissipation, removal or destruction of value of realty subsequent to assessment or tax day


All taxes levied on real property, the value of which is substantially dissipated, removed or destroyed by the owner thereof, or by the authority of the owner, subsequent to the assessment or tax day of any year, shall be a debt due and owing from the owner of the real property from the time the taxes are or may be levied.


If the taxes are not paid before they become delinquent, or on the earlier demand of the tax collector, the county in which the taxes are due and owing may, in addition to the remedies provided by statute for the collection of taxes on real property, maintain an action for itself, and for all other municipal corporations, taxing districts or political subdivisions sharing in the taxes, against the owner of the property for the collection of the taxes, together with interest, penalties, costs and other lawful charges thereon. At the time of the commencement of the action for the collection of such taxes, the county shall have the benefit of all the laws of this state pertaining to provisional remedies against the property, either real or personal, of the owner owing the taxes, without the necessity of filing either an affidavit or undertaking, as otherwise provided by statute. The county clerk of the county where the action is commenced shall immediately issue writs of attachment on application therefor by the tax collector or the district attorney for the county as plaintiff. The writs shall be directed to the sheriffs of as many counties as the tax collector or the district attorney directs.


This section does not apply if the real property is substantially dissipated, destroyed or removed by fire or the elements.


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