Metro natural areas levy passes 54 to 46 percent

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 6:27 AM

PORTLAND -- The Metro measure to approve a five-year levy for natural areas was approved by voters regionwide54 to 46 percent.

The measure just failed in Clackamas and Washington counties, but passed by 58 percent in Multnomah County, where voters turned out strong for a fluoride election.

Metro's Measure 26-152 asked the region's voters to approve a five-year levy to pay for what is calls improvements and maintenance of natural areas purchased with money from two prior bond measures.

The owner of a home tax-assessed value of $300,000 will pay about $29 a year.

Read the ballot measure

Proponents make the argument that the two prior votes allowed money to purchase property, but not to maintain and improve the lands.

The five-year levy is needed to improve and maintain properties to aid native fish and salmon, proponents said. Invasive weeds would be removed, wetlands would be restored, allowing people to enjoy the properties they purchased with past bond measure.

The measure is supported by an array of conservation groups, progressives and elected officials. It has no formal opposition.

The Oregonian, via its Politi-Fact column, vilified the agency for misleading voters in past elections, and the wording used to promote the current measure.

The newspaper pointed out that Metro now says it needs the money for restoration and maintenance, which was not allowed in the prior measures. The agency also admits to the paper that it engaged in restoration and maintenance of lands with money from prior bond measures, but that ballot wording in the current measure clarifying that might confuse voters.

The Oregonian used its "Truth-O-Meter" to grade the agency's tack as a rare "Full Flop Like A Dying Fish."

 Multnomah County Election results

 Washington County Election results

 Clackamas County Election results

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