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 / Elections / Election Information / General Election - November 6, 2012 / Local Measures

Local Measures

Jackson County Fire District 5

15-112  Jackson County Fire District No. 5 General Obligation Bond Authorization

Question:  Shall Jackson County Fire District No. 5 be authorized to issue general obligation bonds not exceeding $1,800,000?  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.

Summary:  The $1.8 million general obligation bond would allow Jackson County Fire District 5 to improve, replace and standardize apparatus and equipment at three stations (Phoenix, Talent, and Ashland).  The bonds would mature in not to exceed 10.5 years.

The funds from the $1.8 million general obligation bond levy would be used to purchase three fire engines, one water tender, fire equipment for these apparatus, and specialized equipment including a self-contained breathing apparatus air compressor, air packs, masks, bottles, and three sets of vehicle extrication tools for the new engines.

If approved, this measure would increase property taxes by approximately .14 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The estimated tax for this measure is an estimate only, based on the best information available from the County Assessor at the time of the estimate.

 

City of Ashland

15-113  Renewal of Local Option Tax Levy Funding for Ashland Library

Question:  Shall Ashland levy up to $.21 per $1,000 assessed value for four years beginning July 1, 2013 for library operations?  This measure renews current local option taxes.

Summary:  Renewal of this tax will continue funding for enhanced services at the Ashland branch public library through June 30, 2017. 

Up to $.21 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value may be levied if this measure passes.  The average 2012 assessed value for a single family home in Ashland is approximately $241,000.  Such an average household could pay $50.61 per year if this measure passes.  The estimated tax cost for this measure is an ESTIMATE ONLY based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of the estimate.

Over the past four years Ashland has levied just $.19 per $1000 of assessed property value and that amount has generated the funds needed for enhanced services.  If the full $.21 cents is levied it is estimated this tax will generate up to $439,110, in 2014, $452,271 in 2015, $465,851 in 2016 and $479,821 in 2017.  Pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the City of Ashland and Jackson County, these funds will be used to pay the county for enhanced library services beyond its base services.

Subject to the IGA, enhanced library services in Ashland include the following, at a minimum:

·         16 additional open hours per week

·         Three additional full time employees or the equivalent

·         Enhanced outreach library programs for teens, seniors and children

 

City of Ashland, continued

15-116  Question on constitutional definition of “persons” and campaign spending limits”

Question:  Shall Ashland voters instruct Congress to amend U.S. Constitution to grant only natural persons constitutional rights and limit campaign spending?

Summary:  The Ashland City Council has placed this advisory question on the ballot to determine whether a majority of Ashland voter’s wishes to urge the U.S. Congress to initiate a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution so as to make federal constitutional rights available only to natural persons and grant to Congress and the states authority to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures.

Such a constitutional amendment would make it possible for Congress and state legislatures to enact limitations and public disclosure requirements on contributions and spending by and for candidates for elective office, campaign committees, and independent political committees and individuals.

The outcome of the election on this advisory question will not be binding; it will, instead, serve to inform Congress of the views of a majority of Ashland voters on the regulation of campaign finances.  Similar advisory elections are occurring in many other U.S. cities.

 

Proposed City of White City

15-114  Incorporation of the City of White City

Question:  Shall White City become a city with a permanent tax rate limitation of $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value?

Summary:  This measure would make the rural unincorporated community of White City, as well as lands contiguous to that rural unincorporated community, into a city.  If approved, the city in Jackson County would be located between the cities of Medford and Eagle Point, but primarily to the east of Highway 62, west of Bigham Brown Road, north of Justice Road, and south of Hoover Avenue.  The city would serve approximately 8,550 residents.  The city would provide urban services such as planning, road development and improvement.  No service districts will be extinguished by this incorporation.

The city would be governed by an elected five member City Council, one member of which would service as mayor.  The city will take its authority from, and be governed by, the Oregon Revised Statutes.  A home rule charter may subsequently be adopted by the city voters.

This measure authorizes a permanent tax rate limitation of $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value on the nonexempt real property and taxable personal property within the city.

 

City of Medford

15-115  Medford General Obligation Bonds to Finance Aquatic Facilities

Question:  Shall Medford issue up to $14,500,000 in general obligation bonds to pay for capital construction to City aquatic facilities?  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.

Summary:  This measure would grant City authority to sell general obligation bonds, in one or more series, up to $14,500,000.  City would use bond proceeds to finance the demolition, capital construction and capital improvement of two aquatic facilities, including new construction and improvements, for a year-round covered pool at Hawthorne Park and a seasonal pool at Jackson Park, related capital costs, and to pay bond issuance costs.  Approval of the bonds is estimated to result in a property tax levy of approximately $0.15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value per year.  Each series of bonds would mature in no more than 21 years from their issuance date.  Upon completion of the above listed purposes, City may use any remaining bond proceeds for any needed capital cost of the aquatic facilities.  If bonds are approved, the City Council will increase the Park Utility Fee imposed on City Utility bills by $0.73 per month to finance the costs of operating and maintaining the aquatic facilities.  The increase to the Park Utility Fee will not take effect until the month following the opening of the first completed aquatic facility.

 

City of Rogue River

15-117  City of Rogue River Street Improvement General Obligation Bond Authorization

Question:  Shall the City issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $1,600,000 to finance the costs of street improvements and repairs?

Summary:  This measure authorizes the City to issue general obligation bonds, in one or more series, in an amount not exceeding $1,600,000 to finance the costs of capital construction and capital improvements, including, but not limited to:

·         constructing, improving and repairing City streets, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, landscaping, lighting and all equipment and appurtenance’s necessary, useful or convenient thereto (the “Project”); and,

·         pay costs relating to the issuance of the bonds.

Upon completion of the Project, the City may use remaining bond proceeds for additional City capital construction or capital improvements.

Bonds would mature within 21 years from date of issuance.  Current Projects costs result in a levy of approximately $.68 per $1,000 of assessed value per year on real property within the City.  Two City bond levies that currently result in a levy of approximately $.49 per $1,000 of assessed value will no longer be assessed after the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  If the bond measure is approved, the estimated levy would cost approximately $.19 per thousand more than the two expiring bond levies.

 

City of Shady Cove

15-118  City of Shady Cove General Obligation Bonds for Water System

Question:  Shall the City issue general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $23,000,000 for a municipal water system?  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.

Summary:  If approved, this measure would provide funds to finance capital costs of a municipal water system through the construction of all or a portion of the system or the acquisition of all or a portion of Shady Cove Waterworks’ assets.  Bond proceeds may be used to acquire water and real property rights and to pay costs of issuing bonds.

The City will implement the project in phases and is applying for federal and state loans and grants.  The City intends to issue bonds for each phase and in an aggregate amount not to exceed $23,000,000 and only for costs not covered by grants.

Bonds would mature in 40 years or less from issuance and may be issued in one or more series.

The City may choose to pay the bonds from user fees in combination with property taxes, with the majority of bonds being paid from user fees.

 



 


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