Oregon Requires State to Pay for Services at Local Level, Ballot Measure 84 (2000)
Section 15, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution, requires the state to pay for services that the state requires local governments to provide. Section 15 was to be repealed by section 15 a of Article XI on June 30, 2001, unless the people voted to keep the section 15 in effect. Ballot Measure 84 keeps section 15 in effect.
This measure passed at the November 2000 General Election.
Amends Constitution: State Must Continue Paying Local Governments For State-Mandated Programs
 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.
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