Corvallis City Services Levy Increase (May 2011)

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A Corvallis City Services Levy Increase measure was on the May 17, 2011 ballot in the city of Corvallis, which is in Benton County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 8,684 (65.36%)Approveda
  • NO 4,603 (34.64%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current property tax rate by $.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a period of three years in order to help with budget shortfalls which were expect in the coming year. Areas which will benefit from this extra money will be public safety, library services and other public recreation center services.[2] It was estimated that near $1.8 million will be raised from this levy increase.[3] The council officially voted on the ballot language on February 14 and noted that they were still aiming to reduce costs in the city though still need additional money to ensure services are still offered to residents.[4]

Supporters of the library were in favor of this measure because it will ensure that current library services will remain where as if the measure had been defeated the library would have been faced with cuts to staff, hours and content. If the measure had been defeated then both the Osborn Aquatic Center and the Chintimini Senior Center would have likely been closed because they would not have had the necessary funds to remain operational. Those opposed to the measure noted that the library could operate within its means without this increase.[5]