NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a prospective initiative petition that has been determined to comply with the constitutional requirements of Section 1 (2)(d) and (5), Article IV of the Oregon Constitution has been received by the Albany City Elections Official.

NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN that the following ballot title for said initiative was filed with the Albany City Clerk on August 25, 2015:  

Sales taxes and certain fees subject to voter approval
Shall voter approval be required to add new or increased sales taxes; privilege taxes; transfer taxes and franchise fees?
This proposed Charter Amendment authorizes new sales taxes, franchise fees, privilege taxes, and transfer taxes, along with increases thereto only following voter approval at a primary or general election.
The measure applies only to new taxes and fees and to increases of the same imposed after the adoption of this measure.
The City Council shall use a non-emergency ordinance to approve a sales tax, franchise fee, privilege tax or transfer tax; or an increase of the same.  Ordinance approved by the Council shall not go into effect until 30 days after a simple majority voter approval is obtained.
Rental fees for City parks, pools and other public facilities
Fees for Parks and Rec activities
Building permit fees and all development fees
Federal and State mandated fees/taxes
Prior to any public hearing to consider legislation that would conflict with provisions of this Charter Amendment or prevent them from operating, the City must provide at least two weeks Notice of the legislation and hearing date.

Any voter may file a petition for review of the ballot title in Linn County Court not later than the seventh business day after the title has been filed with the City Elections Official.  The elector filing the petition shall notify the City Elections Official in writing that the petition was filed and the notice shall be given not later than 5:00 p.m. on the next business day following the day the petition is filed.  A copy of the proposed charter amendment is available from the City’s Elections Officer at City Hall.

Mary Dibble, City Elections Official

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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.