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Notice of Ballot Title for the City of Albany
Election Date May 17, 2016

A ballot title was received on February 10, 2016.  Notice is hereby given that on May 17, 2016, the City of Albany will have a measure to be voted on by the electors of the City of Albany.  The ballot title as submitted by the City Attorney is as follows:

CAPTION

Renewal of the Ambulance, Fire, and Police Local Option Tax

QUESTION

Shall Albany impose $1.15 per $1,000 assessed value for Ambulance, Fire, Police operations for five more years beginning 2016-2017?  This measure renews current local option taxes.

SUMMARY

The City plans to use tax revenue from this measure to continue funding for Firefighter/EMTs, fire marshal, and emergency services positions to maintain fire prevention and public education at current levels, and continue funding for Police Officers, Community Service Officers, and communications and crime analyst positions together with related equipment and training.  Taxes will also continue to be used to pay inflationary operating costs for the Fire/Ambulance and Police Departments.

The proposed rate will net approximately $3,141,908 in 2016-2017, $3,465,628 in 2017-2018, $3,794,926 in 2018-2019, $3,984,671 in 2019-2020, and $4,183,905 in 2020-2021 for a total of $18,571,038.

The estimated tax cost for this measure is an ESTIMATE ONLY based on the best information available from the county assessors at the time of estimate and may reflect the impact of early payment discounts, compression and the collection rate.

Pursuant to ORS 250.275 (5), 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 ballot title is available at the Parks & Recreation counter at City Hall.

Mary Dibble
City Clerk

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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.