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NOTICE OF BALLOT TITLE FOR THE CITY OF ALBANY
ELECTION DATE MAY 15, 2018
A ballot title was received on February 22, 2018. Notice is hereby given that on May 15, 2018, the City of Albany will have a measure to be voted on by the electors of the City of Albany. The ballot title is as follows:
Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax
Should Albany impose a 5-cent per gallon motor vehicle fuel tax for street maintenance and repair?
This measure, if approved, would authorize Albany to impose a tax on retail motor vehicle fuel sold within the city. The 5-cent per gallon tax would provide funding for preservation of city streets, including repair, reconstruction, and maintenance. Proceeds could only be used for street maintenance and repair of streets and related required improvements. Priority will be given to residential/local streets.
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, or on the City of Albany website at: http://www.cityofalbany.net/elections.
The measure, if approved, would authorize the City of Albany to impose a motor vehicle fuel tax at the rate of five cents per gallon for retail motor vehicle fuel sold in Albany.
If approved, the fuel tax is expected to generate $1,250,000 per year, according to Oregon Department of Transportation estimates. The proceeds would be primarily dedicated to the maintenance and improvements of Albany’s residential/local streets.
Currently, street maintenance is mostly funded by state and federal fuel tax funds. This funding source has failed to provide sufficient funds to maintain approximately 187 centerline miles of city streets. Under Oregon law, net revenues from fuel taxes may be spent only on construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation, and use of city streets.
Over 20 cities in Oregon have adopted a motor vehicle fuel tax.
If approved, the measure would take effect on January 1, 2019.
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- Linn County Elections Office
- State of Oregon Elections Office
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.
Signs are allowed under the following regulations:
DEVELOPMENT 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 within 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.