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


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:


Renew Portland Children’s Levy for five years.


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.


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.