Employee Rights and Benefits
General Obligation Bonds
Revenue Bonds
District Charter
§ 268.010 Short title
§ 268.020 Definitions
§ 268.030 Purpose of chapter; limitation on number of districts; purpose of districts
§ 268.040 Exemption from public utility regulation
§ 268.060 Costs of elections

Terms Used In Oregon Statutes > Chapter 268

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Any other state: includes any state and the District of Columbia. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Applicant: means an applicant for a loan to construct a small scale local energy project. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Committee: means the Small Scale Local Energy Project Advisory Committee created under ORS 470. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Cooperative: means a cooperative corporation organized under ORS chapter 62. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Director: means the Director of the State Department of Energy appointed under ORS 469. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • District: means a metropolitan service district established under this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • District charter: means a home rule charter enacted by the electors of a district under section 14, Article XI, Oregon Constitution. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Eligible federal agency: means a federal agency or public corporation created by the federal government that proposes to use a loan for a small scale local energy project. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Eligible state agency: means a state officer, board, commission, department, institution, branch or agency of the state whose costs are paid wholly or in part from funds held in the State Treasury. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan: means a loan for a small scale local energy project that is repayable by means of:

    (a) A charge included with the participant's utility customer account billing; or

    (b) An alternative repayment method identified by the department and the borrower and specified in the loan agreement. See Oregon Statutes 470.050

  • Energy Project Bond Loan Fund: means the fund established under ORS 470. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Energy Project Supplemental Fund: means the fund established under ORS 470. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Improvement: means the facilities and other property constructed, erected or acquired by and to be used in the performance of services authorized to be performed by a district. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • judicial department: means the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Oregon Tax Court, the circuit courts and all administrative divisions of those courts, whether denominated as boards, commissions, committees or departments or by any other designation. See Oregon Statutes 174.113
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Loan: includes the purchase or other acquisition of evidence of indebtedness and money used for the purchase or other acquisition of evidence of indebtedness. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Loan contract: means the evidence of indebtedness and all instruments used in the purchase or acquisition of the evidence of indebtedness. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Loan repayment charge: means an amount charged to a utility customer account through on-bill financing as a mechanism for the repayment of an energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • local government: means all cities, counties and local service districts located in this state, and all administrative subdivisions of those cities, counties and local service districts. See Oregon Statutes 174.116
  • Metropolitan area: means that area which on October 4, 1997, lies within the boundaries of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Metropolitan significance: means having major or significant district-wide impact. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Municipal corporation: has the meaning given in ORS 297. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • On-bill financing: means a mechanism for collecting the repayment of an energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan through a utility customer account billing system. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Oral argument: An opportunity for lawyers to summarize their position before the court and also to answer the judges' questions.
  • Oregon business: means a sole proprietorship, partnership, company, cooperative, corporation or other form of business entity that is organized or authorized to do business under Oregon law for profit. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Person: means a public body as defined in ORS 174. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Plea agreement: An arrangement between the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for special considerations. Source:
  • Preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • public body: means state government bodies, local government bodies and special government bodies. See Oregon Statutes 174.109
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Regional framework plan: means the Metro regional framework plan defined in ORS 197. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Small scale local energy program loan: means a loan for a small scale local energy project other than an energy efficiency and sustainable technology loan. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Small scale local energy project: means any of the following:

    (a) A system, mechanism or series of mechanisms located primarily in Oregon that directly or indirectly uses or enables the use of, by the applicant or another person, renewable resources including, but not limited to, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, waste heat or water resources to produce energy, including heat, electricity and substitute fuels, to meet a local community or regional energy need in this state. See Oregon Statutes 470.050

  • Small Scale Local Energy Project Administration and Bond Sinking Fund: means the fund created under ORS 470. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • Small Scale Local Energy Project Loan Fund: means the loan fund created by Article XI-J of the Oregon Constitution and appropriated to the State Department of Energy under ORS 470. See Oregon Statutes 470.050
  • state government: means the executive department, the judicial department and the legislative department. See Oregon Statutes 174.111
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Violate: includes failure to comply. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.