Curry County voters were asked to vote on three ballot questions in a special election Tuesday (May 21).
The ballot questions follow, along with the results of tallied voters as reported by Curry County Clerk Renee Kolen.
The explanation of each issue was taken from files at the Curry County Clerk’s office.
Shall Curry County be authorized to collect a transient lodging tax throughout Curry County except in the cities?
Citizens voted: ** Yes 57 percent
No 43 percent
This is a tax on guests who stay in local hotels and other lodgings. By state law, seventy percent (70%) of the net county lodging tax collections are dedicated for tourism promotion and tourism related facilities; thirty percent (30%) may be used to fund other county services. This measure may raise an estimated $602,000 for tourism promotion and tourism-related facilities; and approximately $258,000 for other county services. The tax would be imposed only in the unincorporated areas of the county, and not in the cities. By state law, lodging operators may retain 5% of tax collections for their administrative costs. The Curry County Commissioners approved Curry County Ordinance No. 19-01 imposing a 7% tax on lodging guests at hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, condos, RV Parks, campgrounds, vacation rentals and other similar
transient lodging facilities for stays less than 30 days. But this tax cannot be effective unless the voters approve. This is not a tax on homeless people. This is not a tax to raise money to lodge homeless people.
In your opinion should Curry County tax goods and services purchased in the County? Exemptions would
Citizens voted: Yes 17 percent
** No 83 percent
The outcome of the election on this advisory question will not be binding, It will provide information to the Board of County Commissioners while the Board formulates policy.
A 1.5% to 2% consumption tax on goods and services, and real estate in excess of $100,000, could generate between $2.5 million and $3.5 million. Approximately half of the receipts would come from visitors and out of county shoppers; the remaining half would come from county residents. Revenues would be designated to specific accounts so as to ensure tax dollars collected are not being directed to county personnel and their retirement accounts. This proposal would not affect the current property tax rate.
In your opinion, should Curry County be able to tax the production of recreational and medical marijuana?
Citizens voted: ** Yes 63 percent
No 37 percent
The outcome of the election on this advisory question will not be binding. It will provide information to the Board of County Commissioners while the Board formulates policy. State law currently prevents Counties from taxing marijuana production. In December, 2017 the Association of Oregon Counties, which includes Curry County, formally recommended that state law be changed so that five Southwest Oregon counties (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine) could tax marijuana production. Subsequently Douglas withdrew from the proposal, and Lane joined the effort. Following legislative approval, voters of each county could then decide whether to impose such a tax. Property tax rates would not be impacted. The state currently collects annual fees from marijuana producers. Under the counties' proposal, the state would also collect an annual amount for the county in which each grow site is located, and provide that additionally collected amount to the county. The revenue collected from marijuana producers would be dedicated to a law enforcement trust fund. This proposal would not affect the current property tax rate.
Voters were also asked to elect commissioners or school board members.
Citizens chose the following candidates to serve in the listed roles:
(In contested elections, the actual votes are shown and the winners are marked with a double asterisk.)
Port Orford-Langlois School Board
Port Orford Port District
David Rickel –– 139
** Aaron Ashdown –– 456
Michael Hewitt –– 139
** Leila Thompson(Cassel) –– 503
Langlois Library District
** Sandra McDonald –– 171
David Terrusa –– 36
** Susan Orbom –– 134
Christopher Johnson –– 55
Marcia Heinzman –– 43
** Carol Waxman –– 151
Port Orford Library District
** Vicki D Young –– 289
Penelope Suess –– 265
Curry Health District
Central Curry School District
Gold Beach Port District
** Charles Riddle –– 460
Bob Dark –– 420
Curry Public Library District
Agness Community Library District
Brookings-Harbor School District
Michael (Ted) Fitzgerald –– 838
** Janece Payne –– 1,417
Port of Brookings Harbor District
** Sharon Hartung –– 1,451
Wesley Ferraccioli –– 707
Chetco Community Public Library District
Micheal (Ted) Fitzgerald
Harbor Rural Fire Protection District1
** Peggy Ghiringhelli –– 428
Peter Flanderka –– 231
Rex Peterson –– 287
** Patra Brazil –– 438