Estacada voters say no to Cemetery Maintenance District tax
Initial election results show that voters have said no to a tax measure for the Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District.
Election results posted at 12:48 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, show that 1,206 voters, or 50.25 percent, were opposed to the tax, while 1,194 voters, or 49.75 percent, voted for it.
At the time, a total of 2,400 votes had been counted.
Measure 3-533 would have taxed $.03 per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2018 to 2023. For a home assessed at $250,000, this is approximately $7.50 per year.
Since 1964, the Cemetery Maintenance District has operated on a permanent tax rate of $0.0592 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This provides approximately $75,000 each year. The district's annual expenses are approximately $125,000.
The tax would have raised $38,500 from 2018-2019; $39,650 from 2019-2020; $40,840 from 2020-2021; $42,065 from 2021-2022; and $43,325 from 2022-2023.
The money would have been used for general operations, constructing a shop to store district equipment and replacing deteriorating equipment.
The Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District maintains and operates nine cemeteries, including the Springwater, Odd Fellows/Phillip E. Linn, Forrester, Gibson, Foster, Viola, Mt. Zion and George Cemeteries.