Thursday, March 01, 2007

SJR 10 would call on voters to consider repealing the "double majority" rule

the Oregonian--

Senate Joint Resolution 10, would eliminate most of the double majority requirements that "plagued" Oregon's election law.
The "double majority" rule was the brainchild of Bill Sizemore, which says any property tax increase must both be approved by a 50% majority of those voting and at least 50% of those registered to vote must do so. e.g., if there's only a 49% turnout, and there's no need to even count the ballots.
"Every year, Oregon's unique double majority rule saves our taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.... knocking down tax increase after tax increase that the voters don't want." says Sizemore.
Before the Double Majority passed, city councilors, county commissioners, and school board members would say out loud in their public meetings that their strategy was to place their tax increase on the ballot in a small special election, because they knew it wouldn’t pass in a high voter turn-out general election. In other words, “We want our tax increase, even though the majority of voters don’t want to give it to us. So, let’s put it on the ballot in an election when they aren’t paying much attention and work on getting just our voters to the polls and pass it.”
[Bill Sizemore, May 24, 2006]--


Blogger Bobkatt said...

This is another example of someone who just doesn't get it. Just like measure 37 and the current Lane County income tax vote, they look at what the people voted for and it doesn't fit their agenda so they try to find some hidden meaning to nullify the vote of the people. They try to twist the Bible to fit their agenda or the Constitution to apply what they want. If that doesn't work they imply the public is too ignorant or misinformed to make a logical decision .
On this issue I voted for it because I get tired of voting every time someone wants more of my money. Yes, every non-vote is a no vote. Of course the people who want to confiscate someone elses money they are more motivated to actually vote. If the majority of citizens really want to fund something they will turn out the vote will they not.
Perhaps this is a lesson to all of those who are so eager to register everyone with a pulse because it makes it harder to reach the majority.
BTW, I belong to that union and Mr.
Allen doesn't speak for me.

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