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Good news, bad news from chamber survey

Results of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce's membership survey regarding chamber board of directors' opposition to Ballot Measure 3-269 have been tallied.

'There is good news and bad news with the survey,' said chamber director Jerry Wheeler. 'The good news is that we got responses. The bad news is that we had technology issues and we know some respondents weren't able to submit their surveys.'

Of the 39 responses the chamber did receive, 71 percent were in agreement to the board's opposition to the ballot measure, 21 percent disagreed with the action and 8 percent were undecided.

Ballot Measure 3-269, an amendment to Lake Oswego's City Charter, if approved would prohibit the city from purchasing real property in excess of $2 million without voter approval. It has been certified for the November ballot.

Wheeler said the announcement that was e-mailed to chamber members regarding the survey included a link that was written in too large a typeface to appear on one line, which caused problems when members were trying to cut and paste the link to reach the Web site. It was the first time the chamber had used this sort of system to poll its membership.

'We'll chalk this up as a learning experience,' said Wheeler. 'We got the right answer, but we just don't know how scientific the results are.'