Current Election: May 2017 Special District

Special District Election, May 16, 2017

The next election in Wasco County will be held on May 16, 2017. The focus of a special district election is to vote on board positions for the various special districts that serve Wasco County.

The filing deadline for candidate positions is closed. For a listing of all the filed candidates for the May 16, 2017 Special District Election, click here .

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The ballot measure printed below will be presented to the qualified voters of NORTHERN OREGON CORRECTIONS at the Special District Election held on MAY 16, 2017. The election will be conducted by mail.

Shall Northern Oregon Corrections have a permanent tax rate limit of $0.26 per $1,000 assessed property value beginning in 2017-2018?
Northern Oregon Corrections (“NORCOR”) was created in 1996 through an intergovernmental agreement between several Oregon counties for the purpose of acquiring, developing, maintaining and operating a regional correctional facility and administering local community corrections programs and services. In 1997, voters within NORCOR approved general obligation bonds to finance the construction of a regional adult corrections and juvenile detention facilities, which currently serve Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties. The general obligation bonds were refinanced with refunding bonds in 2004 to lower debt service costs and taxes. The refunding bonds matured in September 2016. The taxes authorized by the voters to pay for the NORCOR bonds have expired. The taxes imposed by this measure would be used to maintain and operate NORCOR’s regional correctional facilities. This levy amount approximates the amount of annual taxes previously levied to pay the NORCOR bonds issued to construct the detention facility. In the first year of imposition the proposed rate will raise approximately $1,300,000.
Any elector dissatisfied with the ballot title may petition the Wasco County Circuit Court for review of the ballot title not later than the seventh business day after the title is filed with the Elections Officer. The last day to file a review is MARCH 24, 2017.  The challenger must notify the Wasco County Elections Office not later than 5:00 p.m. on the next business day following the day the petition for review is filed.