Estacada OK's charter changes, rejects cemetery tax
In the May 15 primary election, Estacada voters said yes to an amendment to the city's charter, but rejected a five-year tax for the cemetery maintenance district.
In a close race, voters turned down Measure 3-533, which would have taxed $.03 per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2018 to 2023 to support the Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District. Results posted on the Clackamas County Elections website show that 1,242 voters, or 50.55 percent, voted against the tax, while 1,215 voters, or 49.45 percent, voted for it.
If the tax had passed, a home assessed at $250,000 would have paid $7.50 per year. The funds would have been used for general operations, constructing a shop to store district equipment and replacing deteriorating equipment.
Meanwhile, results posted on the Clackamas County Elections website show that 396 voters, or 76.01 percent, said yes to the city's charter amendments, while 125 voters, or 23.99 percent, voted against them.
Measure 3-534 brings several changes to the charter last updated in 2006. It clarifies when a temporary city councilor can be appointed, alters voting requirements on certain fees and brings the charter into compliance with recent changes to state annexation voting laws.
Previously, the charter required every proposed annexation go to vote; the amendment removed this requirement since a state law passed last year says that annexations do not require an election if they meet certain conditions.
The amendment removes the requirement that taxes, fees and other price increases greater than 3 percent be approved by voters because of increases in which the allotted 3 percent does not cover the cost of a service.
Additionally, the amendment clarifies that temporary city councilors can be appointed when circumstances other than a disability prevent duly elected councilors from attending meetings. It also notes that neither a city manager's partner nor the partner's relatives can be employed by the city.
In the race for Oregon House District 39, Republican Christine Drazan earned the party nomination by defeating John Lee, Seth Rydmark and Ken Kraft. Drazan garnered 2,597 votes, or 39.48 percent. Lee received 1,875 votes, or 28.50 percent; Rydmark received 1,059 votes, or 16.10 percent; and Kraft received 1,045 votes, or 15.89 percent.
Drazan will face Elizabeth Graser Lindsey in the Nov. 6 general election, the sole Democratic contender for House District 39. In the May 15 election, Graser Lindsey received 3,691 votes, or 99.65 percent.
House District 39 includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Barlow, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, Fischers Mill, Mulino and Redland.
Senate District 20
In the race for Oregon Senate District 20, Republican incumbent Alan Olsen and Democratic challenger Charles Gallia will face off in the Nov. 6 general election race after running unopposed in the May 15 primary. Olsen garnered 7,932 votes in the Republican primary, or 99.81 percent. Gallia received 7,766 votes among Democrats, or 99.60 percent.
Senate District 20 includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Canby, Gladstone, Johnson City, Barlow, Redland, Beavercreek, Boring, Damascus and southern parts of Happy Valley.