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Boring casts votes for town's future

Final voting will take place at the grange Monday
by: Garth Guibord, Marlin Marsh votes on the Boring Village proposal at Naas Elementary Saturday, July 15. More than 1,200 households in the unincorporated area are part of the proposed village boundaries.

Most of the eligible voters within the boundaries of the proposed village of Boring cast ballots at town hall meetings Saturday, July 15, and Monday, July 17, 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 24, at the Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange St.

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 be questioned only 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 group 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), a village can 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 a 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.