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 / Elections / Election Information / SPECIAL ELECTION - Sept. 18, 2007 / Ballot Measures Filed

Measure #15-78  City of Phoenix


CAPTION:  Repeals Ordinance Authorizing City to Impose Public Safety Surcharge


QUESTION:  Should the public safety surcharge adopted by the City of Phoenix for police, fire protection, and public works be repealed?


SUMMARY:  A “yes” vote would repeal ordinance No. 872 adopted by the City of Phoenix on April 16, 2007.  This ordinance established a one-year public safety surcharge from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.  The ordinance also addressed possible future surcharges and the replacement of an existing property tax levy by the City Council or voters after public and City Budget Committee input. 


The one-year surcharge provides funding for Phoenix police, fire protection, and public works services.  The surcharge will raise an estimated $469,200.00 during its life.  The ordinance dedicates $330,000.00 of this amount for police, fire and public works budget shortfalls; $50,000.00 (each) for minor capital expenditures for police and fire; and $39,200.00 to provide relief for those who cannot afford the surcharge.


The surcharge is a flat twenty dollars per month for each unit of developed property within the City limits.  Generally, a unit is any dwelling unit or business entity.  The party responsible for paying the surcharge is the occupant of the unit. 


Measure #15-79  City of Ashland

CAPTION:  Local Option Tax Levy Interim Funding for Ashland Public Library


QUESTIONShall Ashland levy up to $.58 per $1,000 assessed value for two years beginning July 1, 2007 for library operations?


SUMMARY:  This measure may be passed only at an election with at least a 50 percent voter turnout. (Required language per ORS 250.036 and not counted towards overall word count.)  This tax levy is an interim funding solution to operate the Ashland branch public library for no more than two years.   


Up to .58 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value may be levied if this measure passes.  This levy is expected to generate $1.032 million annually.  The average assessed value for a single family home in Ashland is approximately  $207,000, and this household would pay $120 per year if this measure passes. 


Funds generated under this levy will only be used to provide library services.  The City will not levy this tax if Jackson County provides funding for adequate library services.


To open the Ashland library, the City of Ashland and Jackson County must negotiate and approve an intergovernmental agreement.   


Library services in Ashland will include the following, at a minimum:

  • 40 open hours per week with professional staff.

  • Existing public terminals for internet access.

  • Newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

  • Access to materials currently in the Ashland library.

  • 400 new books per year.

  • Children’s programs and reference services.




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