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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

Promoting open and accountable government

Find out the latest about City Elections, including:

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

Latest updates:


Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (02/08/18)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on February 8, 2018.

The ballot title is as follows:

Caption:

Amends Charter: Limits candidate contributions, expenditures; campaign communications identify funders.

Question:

Should Portland Charter limit campaign contributions, expenditures for elected offices; require certain funding disclosures for campaign communications; allow payroll deductions?

Summary:

Measure amends charter, to be implemented by ordinance effective by September 2019.

Limits contributions received by candidates, candidate committees in city elections per election cycle to:

  • No more than $500 from individual, political committee.
  • No more than $5,000 loan balance from candidate.
  • Any amount from small donor committee (defined), which may accept contributions of $100 or less per individual donor per year. 

Allows candidates to receive any amount from government public campaign funding system. Limits independent expenditures to $5,000 per individual, $10,000 per political committee, per election cycle. Unlimited independent expenditures by small donor committees.

Each communication (defined) to voters relating to a city candidate election must prominently disclose (defined) information about source of contributions, expenditures for communication.

Allows individuals to make campaign contributions by payroll deduction if private or public employer agrees or allows payroll deductions for other purposes.

Entities making independent expenditures greater than $750 must register as political committee within three days.

Fines for violations; subpoena power for, investigations by City Auditor.

Definitions; other provisions.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2) (d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. 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 Monday, February 19, 2018.

MARY HULL CABALLERO

Portland City Auditor

 

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (02/07/18)

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 15, 2018 Primary Election has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on February 7, 2018.

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 16, 2018.

The ballot title is as follows:

CAPTION

Renew Portland Children’s Levy for five years.

QUESTION

Shall Portland continue early childhood, child abuse programs; five-year levy $0.4026 per $1,000 assessed value beginning 2019?

This measure renews current local option taxes.

SUMMARY

Renews the Portland Children’s Levy at current rate; supports proven programs preventing childhood hunger, preventing child abuse and neglect, helping children arrive at school ready to learn, providing safe constructive after-school alternatives for kids, and helping foster children succeed.

Funds can only be used for:

Preventing childhood hunger: giving hungry children healthy, nutritious meals and food. 

Child abuse prevention and intervention: addressing juvenile crime, school failure, drug and alcohol abuse, homeless youth.

Early childhood programs: making childcare more affordable and preparing children for success in school.

After school, summer and mentoring programs: promoting academic achievement, reducing the number of juveniles victimized by crime, increasing graduation rates.

Children in foster care programs: helping foster children who have been abused and neglected succeed.

Accountability measures include:

  • Investments subject to annual audits.
  • Programs funded must be cost effective and have a proven record of success.
  • Investments subject to oversight by a citizen committee.
  • Administrative costs cannot exceed 5%.

It is estimated the levy will raise an average of $23.68 million per year for five years.  

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title (02/02/18)

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on February 2, 2018.

The ballot title is as follows:

CAPTION        

Authorizes surcharge on certain retailers; funds clean energy, job training.

QUESTION

Shall large retailers (defined) pay 1% surcharge on Portland revenues to fund clean renewable energy projects, job training programs?

SUMMARY

Measure amends code to require large retailers in Portland (those with total revenue of over 1 billion dollars annually and Portland revenue of over $500,000 annually) to pay 1% surcharge on gross revenue from retail sales within Portland into a new Portland Climate Action Community Benefit Fund. Certain sales of groceries, medicine or drugs, and health care services are not included in gross revenue.

Funds can only be spent on:

Clean Energy Projects (approximately 50-75%): renewable energy, energy efficiency and green infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Energy not produced from fossil fuels, nuclear power or hydropower that potentially harms aquatic species
  • Heating, lighting, water and cooling efficiencies
  • Green building design
  • Urban tree canopy

Clean Jobs Training (approximately 20-25%): training, apprenticeships that prioritize workforce development for disadvantaged workers, such as:

  • Communities of color
  • Women
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Chronically underemployed

Future Innovation (approximately 5%)

Accountability measures:

  • Resident committee makes funding recommendations, oversees progress on goals.
  • Annual financial audit; performance audit every two years.
  • Administrative costs cannot exceed 5%.

Other provisions.

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2) (d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. 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, February 13, 2018.

MARY HULL CABALLERO

Portland City Auditor

Prospective Initiative Petition Filed for November 6, 2018 Election (01/24/18)

A prospective petition intended for the November 6, 2018 General Election was filed with the City Elections Office on Jan 24, 2018.  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 (01/18/18)

A prospective petition intended for the November 6, 2018 General Election was filed with the City Elections Office on Jan 18, 2018.  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.