Oregon Property Tax Voter Turnout Requirement (2010)
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Amends Constitution: Requires sixty percent voter turnout in certain elections increasing property taxes; mandates voter-roll purge.
Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote requires sixty percent registered voter turnout to approve measures increasing local property taxes, except at a November general election; requires voter-roll purge.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains current law allowing approval of property tax measures only at election with fifty percent registered voter participation or at May/November election.
Summary: Amends constitution. Current law allows property tax measure approval only at May/November elections where at least fifty percent of registered voters cast ballots; other types of elections determined by majority vote, with no voter turnout requirement. Property tax measures raise money for local government services, including schools, law enforcement, libraries, parks, other uses. Measure raises required voter turnout from fifty percent to sixty percent for elections that increase, impose, renew property taxes, except at November general election; makes May property tax elections subject to sixty percent turnout requirement; deems property tax elections with turnout under sixty percent "null and void for lack of sufficient public interest"; requires purging of voter rolls to ensure they list only citizens eligible to vote. Other provisions.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
According to the secretary of state, supporters did not file signatures in an attempt to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot. Petitions for an initiated constitutional amendment required eight percent of 1,379,475, or 110,358 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010.
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