Reedsport City Charter Amendment (May 2012)

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A Reedsport City Charter Amendment measure was on the May 15, 2012 ballot in the city of Reedsport which is in Douglas County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 686 (59.39%)Approveda
  • NO 469 (40.61%)[1]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so that if there were to be a tax or fee increase the issue would have to be voted on by residents first.[2] This measure was brought to the ballot through a petition by residents who did not agree with increases in waste water fees and saw this as a means to curb city spending. But opponents to the measure noted that even if this measure were to be approved, it would likely be struck down in court as a similar measure was in the city of Sheridan. The city had raised the taxes because it had a $14 million debt it needed to pay off to the Department of Environmental Quality and the state Economic and Community Development Department. In the city of Sheridan, the city brought the issue to court because they still had bills to pay and it was legal to raise rates to pay off those bills. Though it is not certain the same will happen in Reedsport, there is a possibility.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Should the Reedsport Charter be amended to require voter approval of tax or fee increases adopted after August 1, 2010?[4]

References

  1. Douglas County Elections, Current Election Results (dead link)
  2. Douglas County Clerk, Notice of Election (dead link)
  3. The Umpqua Post, "Battle rages over Measure 10-119," April 25, 2012
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.