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Property Tax Effects of May, 1984 Ballot Measures: City Club Ballot Measure Committees have been appointed to examine four major tax proposals that will appear in the Portland area on the May, 1984 ballot. While the reports of these Committees are issued, the City Club wished to prepare an additional report on the property tax effects of these measures. In preparing this report, no examination has been made of other property tax measures of lesser magnitude that will appear on the May ballot, including proposed tax levies for certain Portland area school districts and special districts.

State Measure No. 1 (State May Borrow or Lend Money for Public Works Projects): Measure No. 1 amends Articl e XI-H of the stat e Constitution by expanding the types of public works projects for which the State could lend funds to local government entities. The major intent of Measure No. 1 is to help communities foster economic development. Under Article XI-H, the state may now lend its credit and incur debt to municipal corporations, cities and counties for air, water and land waste treatment facilities (pollution control public works projects).

Multnomah County Library Three-Year Serial Tax Levy for Library Public Services (Multnomah County Measure No. 3): A County resolution, adopted February 9, 1984, placed before the county voters a three-year serial levy to be voted on at the primary election May 15, 1984. The purpose of the measure is to fund the services of the Multnomah County Library. If the measure passes, Multnomah County will be authorized to levy taxes outside the limitation imposed by Article XI, Section 11 of the Oregon Constitution in the aggregate amount of $9,000,000 of which $3,000,000 will be levied in each of the fiscal years 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87.

Charter Amendment Establishing a Library Commission (Multnomah County Measure No. 4): County Ordinance No. 410, adopted January 26, 1984, places before the county voters a Charter amendment to be voted on at the primary election on May 15, 1984. The purpose of the amendment is the creation of a nine-member Multnomah County Library Commission to operate the County Library system starting July 1, 1984 in place of the present Library Association of Portland. Each member of the Commission would be appointed by the County Executive and approved by the Board of County Commissioners for a four-year term. No member of the Commission would be able to serve more than eight consecutive years.

Three-Year Serial Levy for County Justice Services (Multnomah County Measure #5): shall Multnomah County be authorized to levy $5,150,399 outside constitutional limits each year for 3 years commencing in 84/85?

Bonds to Rebuild and Expand Port Docks (Tri-County Measure 26-3): Shall the Port of Portland issue up t o $40 million of General Obligation bonds t o rebuild Marine Terminal 2?

Published in City Club of Portland Bulletin Vol. 64, No. 52

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