Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites

Get out the vote

by: Stover E. Harger III Voters will decide if city ordinance no. 816, which would not only expand the urban growth boundary (UGB) by the Scappoose airport, but at the south end of the city, will proceed.

Measure 5-216

Question: Shall voters approve the Ordinance number 816, amending the urban growth boundary, the comprehensive plan and map and municipal code.

What this means: Voters will decide if city ordinance no. 816, which would not only expand the urban growth boundary (UGB) by the airport, but at the south end of the city, will proceed. A 'yes' vote will let the process continue to move forward through the necessary county and state levels before it can be finalized. Voting 'no' will take the over-year-long process back to square one. A group of residents critical of a push to bring an additional 380 acres - mostly east of the airport - into city limits, gathered 576 signatures in May to place this referendum on the ballot.

Measure 5-217

Question: Shall the Columbia Health District be dissolved, its indebtedness liquidated and its assets dispersed?

What this means: Voters originally approved the creation of the health district in 2004 with a permanent tax rate of 38 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value. The district was tasked with developing a hospital using public money. Changes to state regulations stalled the project and eventually made it unfeasible to move forward. Those state decisions in 2009 and 2010 were coupled with a ballot initiative in Nov. 2010 by health district opponents, which called for dissolving the district and returning the tax money to district residents. Though deemed unenforceable, the initiative passed with two-thirds of the vote. The health district then decided to cease development of the hospital and stop its tax. After transferring its assets to the county, the district board decided to take out another ballot initiative calling for the complete dissolution of the district.