February 10, 2015 Special Election
Ballot measures appearing on the February 10, 2015 Special Election ballot.
Washougal School District No. 112-6
Proposition No. 5
Bonds to Construct and Improve School Facilities
The Board of Directors of Washougal School District No. 112-6 adopted Resolution No. 2014-15-02, concerning a proposition to relieve overcrowding and improve safety and infrastructure. This proposition would authorize the District to: construct a replacement Jemtegaard Middle School and new K-5 elementary school, make health, safety and infrastructure improvements at Hathaway, Cape Horn-Skye, Gause, and Canyon Creek Schools and Washougal High School, and construct a replacement Excelsior High School and transportation facility; issue no more than $57,685,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 21 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2014-15-02. Should this proposition be:
Hockinson School District No. 98
Proposition No. 1
Bonds for construction and improvement of school facilities
The Board of Directors of Hockinson School District No. 98 adopted Resolution No. 14·15-01, concerning a proposition to finance construction and improvement of school facilities. This proposition would authorize the District to: reconstruct Hockinson Middle School, add to Hockinson High School (federally mandated athletic fields; seating, restrooms and other improvements for athletic fields; and music and wrestling rooms), and develop plans to address safety/security and traffic circulation at Hockinson Heights Elementary School; issue no more than $39,900,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 14-15-01. Should this proposition be:
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What is a freeholder?
A freeholder is a Clark County resident who is elected to a non-paid, temporary, nonpartisan office. Fifteen freeholders together will draft a home rule charter proposing changes in how county government is structured.
The 15-person Board of Freeholders will submit its draft home rule charter to the public by the end of 2014. A draft could be on a 2014 or 2015 ballot.
What is a freeholderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s term of office?
Freeholders chosen in the Nov. 5 general election will take office Nov. 27, 2013 and leave office Dec. 31, 2014, or when they submit a proposed charter for public vote, whichever is earlier.
How will the Board of Freeholders be structured?
Five freeholders will be elected from each of the countyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s three commissioner districts. Voters will choose freeholders for the commissioner district in which they live. To find your district, view commissioner districts map (PDF).
The freeholder who receives the greatest number of votes among all 15 candidates will be the board chair, at least initially.
What are a freeholderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s qualifications?
To be a freeholder candidate, a person must be a registered voter in Clark County and have lived in the county for five years preceding the Nov. 5 election.
Will Board of Freeholders meetings be open to the public?
Yes. The meetings are subject to the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Open Public Meetings Act.
What types of changes can freeholders propose in a charter?
They can customize county governance in accordance with local needs and interests. For example, they could propose that the three-member Board of County Commissioners increase to five members or that the appointed position of county administrator become an elected position. A charter could give initiative and referendum powers to citizens, fix term limits or make some elective offices nonpartisan.
The changes are limited. Freeholders cannot set taxes or affect the courts, law enforcement or state laws such as the Growth Management Act.
What is required to approve a proposed charter?
A simple majority of voters is required to pass a draft charter. If approved, the new county government structure must be in place within six months of the election.
Do other Washington counties have home rule charters?
Yes. The counties and years their home rule charters took effect are: King, 1968; Clallam, 1976; Whatcom, 1978; Pierce, 1980; Snohomish, 1980; San Juan, 2005
Has Clark County had a charter on the ballot in the past?
Yes, in November 2002. It was rejected by a margin of 187 votes, 49.89 percent yes to 50.11 percent no.
Elections supervisor: Cathie Garber
Street address: 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver, WashingtonÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â 98660
Mailing address: P.O. Box 8815, Vancouver, WAÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â 98666-8815
Phone: (360) 397-2345
Fax: (360) 397-2394
Responsible elected official: Greg Kimsey