Court rules Happy Valley improperly withdrew from Parks District

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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-5911 

Media and Interested Parties 

The Circuit Court of Clackamas County ruled today that the City of Happy Valley improperly withdrew from the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD).  Judge Henry Breithaupt ruled that the City used the incorrect state statute to withdraw from the District.  The City and District are to report to the Court by December 21 to address other matters raised by the motion before next steps are determined.

“The District remains interested in working productively with the City of Happy Valley to positively resolve this matter in a manner that serves the best interests of all District residents,” said District Administrator Don Krupp.

The City of Happy Valley argued that ORS 222.520 governed the proper withdrawal from NCPRD.  The District argued that ORS 198.870 governed the proper withdrawal of a city from a special district. The Court ruled that ORS 198 was the correct statute.

More background information on the withdrawal history is located here: https://clackamas.us/ncprd/hv

For more information, contact Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, at 503-742-5911 or theider@clackamas.us