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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Simone Rede

Promoting open and accountable government

2013 City-Referred Measures

Measure 26-150 

Ballot Title Caption:  Renew five-year levy to prevent child abuse, child hunger

On Dec. 5th, 2012, the Portland City Council adopted Resolution 36979, referring a local option levy renewal measure to Portland voters at the May 21, 2013 Special Election ballot.

Resolution 36979

Exhibit A

Exhibit B




12/5/12 - Resolution 36979 adopted by Council; seven-day ballot title challenge period begins; an elector may file a petition for review of the ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, Dec. 14th, 2012.

12/19/12 - Auditor files Notice of City Measure Election with Multnomah County Elections

12/19/12 - Multnomah County Elections Office confirms receipt of Notice of City Measure Election and gives measure number 26-150

2/6/13 - Date for required TSCC* public hearing for measure 26-150: April 25th, 2013. 10:00AM, Rose Room, City Hall, (1221 SW 4th Ave. Portland OR 97204)

3/18/13 - Explanatory statement filed with Multnomah County Elections Division

5/21/13 - Voters approved measure 26-150

*Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission






Renew five-year levy to prevent child abuse, child hunger

QUESTION: ShallPortland continue abuse, neglect prevention, children’s programs; five-year levy $0.4026 per $1,000 assessed value beginning 2014; require audits?


This measure renews current local option taxes.


Renews the Portland Children’s Levy; supports proven programs designed to prevent childhood hunger, prevent child abuse and neglect, help children arrive at school ready to learn, provide safe constructive after school alternatives for kids, and help 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 $10.56 million per year for five years.