Oregon Statutes - Chapter 568 - Soil and Water Conservation; Water Quality Management - Section 568.480 - Petition and referendum for discontinuance of district.

(1) At any time after five years after organization of a district, any 25 or more landowners or the owners of more than 50 percent of the acres of land lying within the boundaries of such district may file a petition with the State Department of Agriculture praying that the operations of the district be terminated and the existence of the district discontinued. The department may conduct such public meetings and public hearings upon such petition as may be necessary to assist it in the consideration thereof.

(2) Within 60 days after such a petition has been received by the department it shall give due notice of the holding of a referendum, and issue appropriate regulations governing the conduct thereof, the question to be submitted by ballots upon which the words “For terminating the existence of the ______ (name of the soil conservation district to be here inserted)” shall be printed, with a square before each proposition and a direction to insert an X mark in the square before one or the other of the propositions as the elector may favor or oppose discontinuance of such district.

(3) Only electors residing within the boundaries of the district are eligible to vote in such referendum. No informalities in the conduct of such referendum or in any matters relating thereto shall invalidate the referendum or the result thereof, if notice thereof has been given substantially as provided in this section and the referendum has been fairly conducted. [Amended by 1973 c.656 §8; 1981 c.92 §22]

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