Oregon Multnomah County Casino Initiative, Measure 83 (2012)

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Multnomah County Casino Initiative
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Type:Initiated state statute
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Gambling
Status:Defeatedd
An Oregon Multnomah County Casino Initiative, Measure 83, was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in the state of Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Oregon Measure 83
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,207,50870.77%
Yes 500,123 29.23%
These results are from the Oregon Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The draft ballot title was:[1]

Authorizes Multnomah County casino; casino to contribute monthly revenue percentage to state for specified purposes.

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote authorizes a single privately-owned casino in Multnomah County; requires casino to give percentage of monthly revenue to State Lottery for specified purposes.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote maintains the current state of the law, which does not authorize any privately-owned casino or casinos anywhere in the State of Oregon.

Summary: Currently, Oregon Constitution prohibits establishing casinos within state. Under the measure, State Lottery shall issue renewable 15-year lease permitting owner of former Multnomah Kennel Club in Multnomah County to operate gaming devices, table games, keno, other games of chance at that site. Measure would become operative only if constitution is amended to permit casinos within state. Casino operator shall pay 25% of adjusted gross revenues into a Job Growth, Education and Communities Fund (separate from general fund), and 80% in the State Lottery Fund. Moneys in the Job Growth fund are apportioned to the incorporated cities adjoining casino, Indian tribes, law enforcement, and gambling treatment services. Other provisions.

Support

The developers, along with those who supported the two state-wide and the one local measures approving the privately owned casino, pointed out that the new casino, as the only casino to pay taxes, would provide $100 million to the state in new tax revenue and that construction of the casino, hotel, and other features would have created 3,000 temporary jobs, while the completed center would provide the area with 2000 permanent jobs.[2]

Opposition

Those who opposed the approval and construction of the privately owned casino argued that tribes get much needed funding for housing and health care from their casinos and the state provides funding for schools, parks, and economic development through its lottery program. They claimed that bringing in a third party would have crippled these benefits.[2]

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Oregon ballot measures, 2012

Opposition

  • The Register-Guard said, "Before voting “yes” on Measures 82 and 83, Oregon voters should ask themselves three questions:

"Is it possible that most of the money that would be spent at The Grange would be "new" money and money spent by out-of-state visitors, and that the new upscale development wouldn’t siphon funds away from the lottery and the tribal casinos?

Is it possible that once the Wood Village project is approved, Oregon voters will slam the door on proposals to build more privately owned casinos?

And, finally, given the lottery and the tribal casinos we already have, does Oregon really need any more gambling outlets?

If the answer to any of those questions is "no," then voters should vote "no" on Measures 82 and 83."[3]

Polls

See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • According to a SurveyUSA poll conducted from September 10 to September 13, 2012, 28 percent of respondents were certain to vote 'yes' on the measure, while 39 percent were certain to vote 'no,' and another 33 percent were not certain which way they would vote. The survey interviewed 700 Oregon citizens and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.[4]
Legend

     Position is ahead and at or over 50%     Position is ahead or tied, but under 50%

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
Sep. 10-13, 2012 SurveyUSA 28% 39% 33% 700


Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 6, 2012. On July 27, 2012, the Oregon Secretary of State reported that the measure had received sufficient signatures and therefore qualified for the ballot.[5]

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