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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

1985 Street Light Tax Levy

The following measure appeared on the Tuesday, May 21, 1985 Special Election Ballot.
QUESTION: Shall the City continue to levy a tax for street lighting after the existing tax levy expires this June?
PURPOSE: This measure would direct the City to continue to levy taxes to maintain the current level of street and neighborhood lighting. The tax rate would be 50 cents per $1000 of assessed valuation and could not be changed without a vote of the people. The levy would expire in three years. It is estimated that this serial levy would raise $5,773,495 during the 1985-86 fiscal year, $5,946,850 during the 1986-87 fiscal year and $6,125,210 during the 1987-88 fiscal year. This levy is outside the limitation provided by the Oregon State Constitution.