Nov. 4 voters' pamphlet - statements needed in favor and oposition
Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor
Phone: (360) 397-2078
Cathie Garber, Clark County Elections
Phone: (360) 397-2345
Each year the Clark County Auditorís Office provides local votersí pamphlet information to be published inside the State votersí pamphlet for the General election. The pamphlet is mailed to all households in Clark County. Included in the pamphlet are statements and photographs for the candidates for elective office as well as supporting and opposing statements for local ballot measures appearing in the General election.
Often, our office only receives a supporting argument for a local ballot measure and no opposing statement is submitted. The legislative body responsible for placing a local measure on the ballot has the opportunity to identify and appoint a committee to write a supporting statement and an opposing statement. If they cannot identify anyone who they know opposes passage of the ballot measure, then no opposing statement gets written and submitted. If our office does not receive a supporting or opposing statement to a local ballot measure appearing in the primary or general election, we attempt to identify citizens who would be interested in authoring such a statement.
We have received two ballot propositions from the City of Washougal. One is a levy lid lift to fund public safety. This measure will ask voters to approve or reject an increase of ten cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2015. The other levy lid lift is to fund fire and emergency medical services (EMS), and will ask voters to approve or reject an increase in the regular property tax levy by no more than ten cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for six years. The City of Washougal has not been able to identify anyone willing to write a votersí pamphlet statement AGAINST these measures.
We have also received a measure for continuing an EMS levy from East County Fire and Rescue. Their measure will ask voters to approve or reject a continuation of a regular property tax levy of $.35 or less per $1,000 of assessed valuation for a period of six years to be collected beginning in 2015. East County Fire and Rescue has not been able to identify anyone willing to write a votersí pamphlet statement AGAINST these measures.
We also received a measure for a maintenance and operation levy from Mt. Pleasant School District. Their measure asks voters to approve or reject the authorization of a levy of $3.85 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2015 and $3.78 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2016. Mt. Pleasant has not identified anyone willing to write a votersí pamphlet statement FOR and AGAINST this measure.
If any citizen is interested in writing a needed statement for or against the above listed measures, they are urged to contact Cathie Garber at the Clark County Elections Department by calling (360) 397-2345. They should do this no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12.
County auditor Greg Kimsey stated, ďThe public is best served by having a local votersí pamphlet which presents a fair and balanced debate on the merits of local measures submitted for a vote of the citizens. We urge anyone who is interested to help us get their supporting or opposing statements to these local measures into the local votersí pamphlet."
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