Explanations and arguments for and against one county and two state ballot measures will be discussed at five separate League of Women Voters meetings in October. The meetings, which are open to the public are intended to inform voters about the proposals on election ballots that will be mailed Oct. 19. Deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 16.

Although no candidates are on the ballot, voters will decide a Clackamas County measure to increase the board of commissioners from three members to five. Statewide measures are Measure 50 to increase cigarette taxes to fund health care for children and Measure 49 to revise the earlier Measure 37 changes in land use laws.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization and does not support or oppose political parties or candidates but encourages active citizen participation in government. The League Voters' Guide will be available at the October meetings, from members, and on the League Web site at www.lwv

Leaders of the local political action committees will explain their views on two Lake Oswego ballot measures at the Wednesday, Oct. 17, forum sponsored by the Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Clackamas County.

The public forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Lakewood Center on State Street.

John Surrett, leader of the Ask Me First Political Action Committee and Eric Winters, the group's legal counsel, will explain their initiative 3-269 to limit city spending on properties. Co-chair Debbie Craig and Jonathan Puskas will speak for Our City, Our Future, the group that wants to defeat the spending limit.

Moderator for the forum is Ardis Stevenson, a member of both sponsoring organizations.

Questions to the speakers from the sponsoring organizations will include impacts on future Urban Renewal planning and past and current real estate acquisitions. Comments also are expected on Ballot Measure 3-273's question about keeping the West End Building.

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