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Election 2013: Change in Tigard, no annexation in Sherwood

Early results from Tuesday’s special election show mixed results for two ballot measures in Sherwood and Tigard.

Sherwood’s annexation ballot measure was losing with 60 percent of voters saying no to bringing 12 additional lots south of town into the city limits.

34-209 City of Sherwood - Annexation

Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,366 39.56 percent

No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,087 60.44 percent

It’s a different story in Tigard, where voters have approved a charter amendment by a wide margin.

About 75 percent of voters supported altering the city’s charter for the downtown.

About 24 percent voted against the measure.

34-207 City of Tigard - Charter Amendment

Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,012 75.44 percent

No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,632 24.56 percent

The charter amendment was a key provision in the city’s plans to revitalize downtown.

The revised charter will clarify the city’s urban renewal plans after the passage of Measure 5 and Measure 50 in the 1990s put the city charter and state law at odds, an issue which only recently became a problem.

The amendment will allow the city to go out for bonds, which are necessary to improve downtown, the city said.

Before, the city would limited to what it could do downtown, because wording in the charter made it difficult to obtain bonds, Tigard Mayor John L. Cook told The Times last week.

Under the charter, city officials say, the city would not be able to seek bonds to help pay for urban renewal, since those bonds could impact properties outside the downtown core.

The city’s only Urban Renewal Area is in downtown Tigard, and was approved by voters in 2006.

With the amendment, the city will be able to purchase bonds in order to pay for larger projects, such as purchasing buildings and working with developers to add more housing to the downtown.

“I’m looking forward to partnering with developers and private property owners to move ahead on some of the redevelopment projects envisioned in the city center renewal plan,” Cook said in a statement.

The plan was opposed by the political action groups Roads Not Rails, which opposes Metro’s plans to eventually bring high capacity transit to the area, and saw the issue as connected to those plans and subverting the rights of voters.

In the statement, Cook said that the city would continue to work within the urban renewal plan passed by voters in 2006.

That plan limits the city to a maximum indebtedness of $22 million for the downtown area.

The amended charter calls for a public vote on any amendment to the urban renewal plan that would increase the maximum amount of indebtedness or expand the urban renewal area by more than one percent of the total plan area.

These results are from early returns posted at 11 p.m.



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