Clatsop County Jail Bond Measure (May 2012)

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A Clatsop County Jail Bond Measure was on the May 15, 2012 ballot in Clatsop County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 4,379 (44%)
  • NO 5,574 (56%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $14 million in order to pay for expanding the current jail facility. An addition to the county property taxes would have been added at a rate of $.16 per $100,00 of assessed property value. Currently the county buses some inmates to the Tillamook county jail and if the bond had been approved that service would no longer have been required. The bond would also have added parking spaces, isolation cells and space for additional treatment programs for inmates. Officials noted that low interest rates make a bond a good deal at this time as it would allow for lower repayments in the long run.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the County issue general obligation bonds not exceeding $14,000,000 to remodel the County Jail, Sheriff's Office and Probation Offices? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.[3][4]

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