Oregon Requires State to Pay for Services at Local Level, Measure 84 (2000)

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The Oregon State to Pay Local Governments for State-Mandated Programs Amendment, also known as Measure 84, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure retained the requirement that the state pay local governments for the costs of state-mandated programs.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 84 (2000)
Approveda Yes 1,211,384 84.5%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Amends Constitution: State Must Continue Paying Local Governments For State-Mandated Programs[2]


[3] Supporters of the measure argue that state government should continue to pay for the programs it enacts in order to prevent the state government from delivering programs to cities and counties without having the money to pay for them. They worry that enacting programs without providing the money means hidden taxes and higher prices. Without the measure, supporters argue that Oregonians will be under the illusion that they are getting something for nothing, which is not the case.

Some of those who supported the measure are:

  • Association of Oregon Counties
  • League of Oregon Cities
  • Associated Oregon Industries


Those who oppose the measure argue that it would place restrictions on setting policy in Oregon that will help and protect its citizens. Senator Tony Corcoran, Sen. Dist. 22 was a public opponent of the measure.[4]

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