Oregon Statutes - Chapter 545 - Irrigation Districts - Section 545.037 - Notice of election for determining organization of district; contents; publication; mailing.

(1) Except when an election is not required as provided in ORS 545.029 (3), the county court shall give notice of an election to be held in the proposed district for the purpose of determining whether or not the district shall be organized under the Irrigation District Law and for the purpose of electing an initial board of directors. The notice shall describe the boundaries established for the district. However, if the county court, in the order defining the boundaries, orders that they need not be described in the notice, the notice shall refer to and incorporate by reference the boundaries established by the order of the county court under ORS 545.029 and on file in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the district is located. The notice shall designate the name of the proposed district, state the date of the election, the board positions to be voted upon and the latest date on which candidates for election as board members may file petitions for nomination. The notice shall be published once each week, commencing not later than the 50th day before the election, for at least four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. If any portion of the district lies within another county, then the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in the same time and manner. The notice shall require the electors to cast ballots which contain the words “Irrigation District – Yes,” and “Irrigation District – No,” or equivalent words. During the period in which the notice is published, the county clerk shall send a copy of the notice by registered mail or by certified mail with return receipt to each owner of land identified in the petition for formation under ORS 545.025 (5) who has not joined in the petition for organization of the district. The provisions of this subsection relating to mailing notices are directory and not jurisdictional.

(2) In lieu of including a description of the lands within a district or the boundaries of a district in the notice of election, the county court or board of directors calling an election in an irrigation district may direct that the notice refer to the order calling the election and incorporate by reference the description of the district boundaries contained in the order. [Formerly 545.010; 1999 c.452 §7]

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