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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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  • Ballot Title Filings for City Ballot Measures
  • Initiative, Referendum & Recall Petitions
  • Election Law & Administrative Rule Changes

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Prospective Initiative Petition Filed for Nov 6, 2018 Election (01/18/18)

A prospective petition intended for the November 6, 2018 General Election was filed with the City Elections Office on Dec. 20th, 2017.  The Auditor is reviewing the petition for constitutional requirements as required by state law. The initiative proposed text and status updates can be viewed on the Elections Initiative and Measure Status Log, here.    

Prospective Initiative Petition Filed for Nov 6, 2018 Election

A prospective petition intended for the November 6, 2018 General Election was filed with the City Elections Office on Dec. 20th, 2017.  The Auditor is reviewing the petition for constitutional requirements as required by state law. The initiative proposed text and status updates can be viewed on the Elections Initiative and Measure Status Log, here.    


 

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (02/15/17)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a measure referred by the Portland City Council to qualified voters at the May 16, 2017 Special Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on February 15, 2017.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M., Monday, February 27th, 2017.

The ballot title is as follows:

BALLOT TITLE

CAPTION:

Amends Charter: Authorizes City Council to interpret Transient Lodgings Tax.

QUESTION:

Shall City Council be authorized to interpret and administer provisions of the Transient Lodgings Tax by ordinance?

SUMMARY:

City voters have previously authorized a tax on rentals of any place in the City of Portland of space designed or intended for lodging of less than 31 days, commonly called the Transient Lodgings Tax.  This measure amends the City Charter Section 7-113 to provide the City Council authority to administer and interpret provisions of the City’s Transient Lodgings Tax, by ordinance as legislative action.

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (02/02/17)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a measure referred by the Portland City Council to qualified voters at the May 16, 2017 Special Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on February 2, 2017.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M., February 13th, 2017.

 The ballot title is as follows:

BALLOT TITLE

CAPTION:

Amends Charter: Increases Auditor’s independence from audited agencies, adds duty.

QUESTION:

Shall Charter be amended to increase City Auditor’s independence from audited agencies and include Auditor’s authority to investigate City agencies?

SUMMARY:

The measure changes Charter provisions regarding the elected City Auditor, which were last updated in 1994. The Auditor’s responsibilities have expanded since then to include more oversight functions, such as the ombudsman and lobbyist registration. Currently, the Auditor relies on and sometimes must seek permission from City agencies subject to the Auditor’s oversight for legal, personnel, procurement, and budget services.

The measure increases the Auditor’s independence by: allowing the Auditor to seek advice from independent legal counsel, giving the Auditor more autonomy over staffing decisions, designating the Auditor as a contracting agency, and authorizing the Auditor to submit budget requests directly to the City Council without review by an audited City agency. The measure requires periodic external reviews of the Auditor’s Office.

The measure also establishes in Charter the Auditor’s ombudsman function, which conducts impartial investigations into the public’s complaints against City agencies. Currently, the ombudsman operates under authority granted in code. It has been in the Auditor’s Office since 2001 and is a core component of the Auditor’s oversight responsibilities.

Other provisions. 

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (06/30/16)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for a City-referred measure has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on June 30, 2016. The measure is intended for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

The ballot title is as follows:

Caption

Bonds to fund affordable housing

Question

Shall Portland issue bonds, fund affordable housing for low income families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities; require public oversight?

If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.

Summary

Measure would authorize $258,400,000 in general obligation bonds for affordable housing for low income households.

Bonds will be used to build new housing, purchase, rehabilitate existing housing to maintain affordability, prevent displacement, allow residents to remain in their homes. 

Housing will contain a mix of unit sizes. Some units will be accessible for low-income people with disabilities, seniors. Housing may include space to provide products and services for residents.

Affordable means rents restricted by designated household size and income level for the dwelling. Low income means a household making 60% or less of median family income; lower income thresholds for some units; flexibility for existing residents and hardship. In 2016, 60% of median family income for a family of four is $43,980 per year.

A five-member independent oversight committee will review bond expenditures; provide annual reports.

Tax rate for this measure is estimated to be $0.4208 per $1,000 of assessed value. Bonds may be issued in multiple series. Annual audits required. Administrative costs cannot exceed seven percent.