Measure 56

House Joint Resolution 15-Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the 2007 Legislative Assembly to be voted on at the General Election, November 4, 2008.

Ballot Title

Amends Constitution: Provides that May and November property tax elections are decided by majority of voters voting.

Result of "yes" vote

"Yes" vote provides that majority of voters voting in May and November elections may pass local property tax measure to fund schools, police, local services.

Result of "no" vote

"No" vote retains current law where non-votes have effect of "no" vote in certain local elections where less than 50 percent of voters participate.

Summary

Current law requires that 50 percent of voters participate in an election (except general elections in even-numbered years) in order to pass local property tax measures to raise money for schools, police, libraries, parks or other local government services. This means that non-votes have the effect of a "no" vote where less than 50 percent of qualified voters participate. All other elections are determined by a majority of those who vote, with no voter turnout requirements. This measure eliminates the voter turnout requirement for local property tax elections held in May and November. As a result, for such elections, measures to raise money for schools, police, libraries, parks or other local government services become law when approved by a majority of those voting.

Estimate of financial impact

There is no direct financial effect on state or local government expenditures or revenue.