Notice of City Measure Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT ON May 19, 2015, a measure election will be held in the City of Albany, Linn and Benton Counties, Oregon.  The election shall be conducted by mail.  The following shall be the ballot title of the measure to be submitted to the city’s voters:

CAPTION

CITY OF ALBANY
GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND AUTHORIZATION; AMENDS CITY CHARTER.

QUESTION

Shall Albany issue up to $18 million in general obligation bonds for public safety facilities?  If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution. 

SUMMARY

This measure amends the city charter to authorize up to 18 million dollars in principal amount of city general obligation bonds to finance capital costs related to new, seismically sound public safety facilities, including a police station and a main fire station.  The city estimates that the levy for these bonds will be approximately 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

A copy of the charter amendment is available from the City’s Elections Officer. 

Text of City Measure: 22-135

PROPOSED 2015 GO BOND CHARTER AMENDMENT

The following provisions are added as a new subsection to Section 44 of the Charter of the City of Albany, Oregon.

2015 General Obligation Bond Authorization

The City is authorized to issue up to $18 million in principal amount of general obligation bonds to finance capital costs related to new, seismically sound public safety facilities, including a police station and a main fire station.  The City shall levy an ad valorem property tax outside the limitations of Sections 11 and 11b of Article XI of the Oregon Constitution each year in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest that is due on any general obligation bonds that are issued under this paragraph.  

The general obligation bonds authorized by this subsection may be issued in one or more series, which may be issued at different times.  The capital costs financed with the general obligation bonds authorized by this subsection may include costs related to the general obligation bonds.  The limitations of Section 44 of the City Charter do not apply to the general obligation bonds authorized by this subsection and those bonds shall not be counted against any limitation on maximum debt in the City Charter.  

Elections Links

Nomination Process for City Councilors & Mayor

Nominations are made by declaration of candidacy, signed by the candidate, together with a filing fee of $5, or by the filing of a petition containing the signatures of 100 persons having the same qualifications as the office sought and an acceptance of nomination by the candidate. A person signing a petition shall sign only one petition for each office.

Qualifications as prescribed in the Charter of the City of Albany are as follows:

The candidate must be a qualified elector within the meaning of the Constitution of Oregon and have resided in the City during the 12 months immediately preceding the election and in the Ward he or she seeks to represent, in the case of Councilor, for a period of 90 days immediately prior to election.

Nominations shall be filed on and after August 5th, and before 5:00 p.m. on August 20th of each year of the biennial election. Forms for petitions and declarations are available at the office of the City Clerk in Albany City Hall.

Political Signs

Signs are allowed under the following regulations:

201407-Temporary Political Signs-coverDEVELOPMENT CODE 13.320 (9) POLITICAL SIGNS
Signs shall be erected and maintained entirely on private property with the consent of the occupant of the premises, and be limited to an area of 4 square feet per face in a Residential Zone and 8 square feet per face in a Commercial or Industrial Zone and a maximum dimension or height of 3 feet in a Residential Zone and 5 feet in a Commercial or Industrial Zone. Billboards are excluded from this provision. No signs shall be erected or maintained on utility poles or upon trees, rocks or other natural features. Signs shall not be erected prior to 45 days from the date the ballots are mailed to the general public, and shall be removed with 7 days after the election. Violation of this ordinance shall result in enforcement procedures against the candidate or property owner. [Ord. 5768, 12/7/11]

The Community Development Department has produced an informative brochure, "Guidelines for Political Signs," available for download.