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Scappoose voters expand city limits, change annexation process

Measures 5-247 and 5-248 approved in special mail ballot election

Scappoose voters approved the annexation of 22 acres of industrial property into city limits while simultaneously approving a measure to prevent voters from automatically deciding future annexations.

In a special mail ballot election Tuesday, Nov. 3 for Scappoose residents, Measure 5-247, the annexation of industrial property, passed with a 77 percent yes vote.

The ballot's other measure, 5-248, passed 54 percent to 46 percent. That measure amends the city's charter so that future annexation requests will be determined by the Scappoose City Council, rather than automatically being referred to voters.

City officials in Scappoose like Mayor Scott Burge and City Manager Michael Sykes previously praised the charter amendment measure, saying it would attract more prospective businesses who might otherwise be reluctant to develop property near the city's boundary under the previous rule that ordered an election for every annexation decision.

It garnered a lower margin of support in an election that yielded slightly less than 27 percent voter turnout. According to unofficial election results posted Tuesday evening, 1,034 ballots were cast. The city has about 3,860 registered voters.

Certain annexation decisions could still be decided by voters if state law calls for it.

The request to annex industrial property was submitted by Scappoose Holding, LLC for a parcel northeast of the Scappoose-Vernonia Road and Bellcrest Road intersection. The land lies within the city's urban growth boundary and will now be zoned as light industrial use land.

County Elections Supervisor Don Clack said as of Wednesday morning, there were about 50 ballots left to count. About 15 ballots were mailed in too late and were not included in the election count, Clack said.