Oregon Home Improvement Exemption, Measure 63 (2008)
|Voting on Property|
|Not on ballot|
- 1 Election results
- 2 Text of measure
- 3 Specific provisions
- 4 Support
- 5 Opposition
- 6 Newspaper endorsements
- 7 Path to the ballot
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
It would have allowed homeowners to make improvements costing less than $35,000 to their home/real estate without first obtaining a building permit.
- Election results from Oregon Secretary of State
Text of measure
The official ballot title for Measure 63 was:
Exempts Specified Property Owners From Building Permit Requirements for Improvements Valued At/Under 35,000 Dollars
The full text of constitutional changes proposed by Measure 63 is available here.
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If the measure had passed, the following provisions would have been enacted:
- The exemption would apply for changes to existing residential or farm structures and for building new farm structures that will not be lived in by people.
- Changes would not be exempt if the total value of changes in a year to a given structure exceeded $35,000.
- The addition of a story to an existing residential structure would not be exempt from building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permit requirements.
- Measure 63 would not allow an addition that violates uniformly applied requirements for property line setbacks or that violates regulations establishing reasonable, uniformly applied limitations on the height of a building.
- Electrical wiring work would not be exempt unless performed or inspected by a licensed electrical contractor.
- A property owner could not accept an offer-to-purchase the property without giving the purchaser a detailed description of changes made to the property.
Estimated fiscal impact
The state's Financial Estimate Committee prepares estimated fiscal impact statements for any ballot measures that will appear on the ballot. The estimate prepared by this committee for Measure 62 said:
- Measure 63 will reduce local government revenue by between $4-$8 million each year.
- It will reduce state government revenues by between $450,000-$750,000 each year.
Arguments in favor
Notable arguments made in favor of Measure 63 included:
- Measure 63 would eliminate some of the bureaucratic interference involved with small property improvements by exempting specified property owners from building permit requirements for improvements valued at or under $35,000.
- Bill Sizemore says, "To me, it's so highly symbolic that in a country that claims to be as free as ours, you can't go out and nail some boards to the side of your house without the government's permission."
Funds for signature collection for the proposal were donated by a group called Hire Calling Public Affairs, which was affiliated with Richard Wendt, founder of Jeld-Wen, a Klamath Falls manufacturing company.
Defend Oregon was opposed to Measure 63, as was a group called Oregonians Against Unsafe Housing.
Notable arguments made against Measure 63 included:
- "Because building permits are often the primary enforcement mechanism for maintaining standards, making permits unnecessary seems like a sneak attack on the law. In fact, Measure 21 appears to be another instance of a bad neighbor law: one that puts communities on the defensive against individuals who might like to elide the rules."
- "Oregonians want to sleep safely at night knowing that work on their foundation, walls, roofs, electrical and plumbing was done to code. If this measure passes, that peace of mind will go out the window."
- The measure will put renters, home buyers, neighbors, and emergency responders at risk due to the extensive, shoddy construction work that can be done for $35,000 (or $70,000 over two calendar years).
Defend Oregon, as a committee, fought seven different ballot measures, and supported two others. As a result, it was not possible to discern how much of its campaign money was going specifically to defeat Measure 59. Altogether, the group raised over $6 million in 2008.
Major donations to the Defend Oregon group as of October 8 included:
- $4.1 million from the Oregon Education Association.
- $100,000 from School Employees Exercising Democracy (SEED)
- $100,000 from the AFL-CIO.
- $50,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75.
Below is a list of Oregon's major newspapers that endorsed a "no" vote on the measure.
See also: Endorsements of Oregon ballot measures
|Corvallis Gazette Times||No|
|Coos Bay The World||No|
|Yamhill Valley News Register||No|
Path to the ballot
On May 5, 2008, the Oregon Secretary of State announced that the measure had sufficient signatures to qualify for the November ballot. 82,769 valid signatures were required, and the initiative's supporters had turned in 83,869 valid signatures, or 65.65% of the 127,755 total signatures that were submitted. During the campaign to collect signatures, the pro-initiative committee paid Democracy Direct, a petition drive management company, a little under $40,000 to collect signatures for the measure.
- Oregon Voters' Pamphlet for Measure 63
- 2008 Election Results
- 2008 General Election Measures: Voter Guide
- Full text of the initiative
- Certified ballot title letter from the Oregon Attorney General
- Letters received from Oregon residents during the ballot title designation period
- Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 12, 2013
- Detailed explanation of Measure 63
- Estimated fiscal impact statement for Oregon Measure 62
- The Oregonian, "Oregon Measure 63 could loosen home fix-it permits", October 5, 2008
- The Oregonian, "Nevada activist bets on Oregon voters", August 2, 2008
- Daily.Sightline.org: "Measure 21", Sightline Daily, Daily Score Blog
- From the "No on 63" website
- Campaign finance history of Defend Oregon for 2008
- Record of donations to Defend Oregon
- Oregon Live, "Teachers, nurses add $2.5 million to campaigns", September 10, 2008
- The Oregonian, "OEA puts $4 million into ballot measure fight", October 8, 2008
- Oregonian, "School workers add $100,000 to campaign", August 25, 2008
- Unofficial initiative signature verification results for Measure 21