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Boring's villagers have two more chances to vote on quasi-government

Residents may cast ballots tonight and next Monday

Most of the eligible voters within the boundaries of the proposed village of Boring cast ballots in a town hall meeting last Saturday, July 15, but the polls are still open.

Residents, business owners and property owners in the Boring area will be allowed to vote on whether to approve the county's proposed quasi-government from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 17, at the Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange Street.

Eligible 'villagers' will also have the opportunity to vote from 7 to 9 p.m. on both July 17 and July 24, at the Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange Street.

Voters from approximately 1,250 households and countless non-resident business owners and property owners are eligible take part in the referendum on the proposed bylaws and board members for the county's new village governance model.

Residents will have to bring proof of residency, property ownership or business ownership in order to vote. Those who forget to bring proof will be able to vote using a provisional ballot, which will only be questioned if the vote is close.

First village vote

Parking spread into the ball fields at Naas Elementary as "Borigonians" turned out for the village vote Saturday, July 15.

County Commission Chairman Bill Kennemer presented the assembled with a history of the Complete Communities program, and noted that the opposing sides in Boring should bridge their differences.

Some potential voters were unhappy when told they couldn't vote because their property was out of the village boundaries.

Initial observations indicate that the populous is split when it comes to the village; it's too early to tell which way the community is leaning.

Results of the village vote will be available Monday, July 24, after the final ballots are counted.

Background

The village - a new form of 'quasi-government' under Clackamas County's 'complete communities' ordinance - seeks to give citizens in unincorporated areas (non-cities) greater influence over the decisions that affect their lives.

Wielding greater power and influence than a community planning organization (CPO), the village is able to receive grant money from federal, state, local and private sources as an agency of the county. According to the 'complete communities' Web site, '(h)amlets and villages may assume some local governance functions,' moving beyond the CPO's typical land-use planning function.

The village may enter into (non-binding) intergovernmental agreements and memoranda of understanding with other government agencies, such as cities. Villagers also may propose a 'village tax' to county commissioners, which could be referred to a county ballot.

County commissioners say the village would become the official voice of the citizens in the Boring community.

Sandy Post reporter Garth Guibord contributed to this report.