PORTLAND -- With a majority of ballots counted Tuesday night, election results showed Measure 26-152 to renew the Portland Children's Levy was approved by a large margin.
Approximately 72 percent of voters in Multnomah County approved the tax and 28 percent voted against it. Sixty percent of Washington County voters approved for the levy, and 52 percent of Clackamas voters approved it.
The measure on the ballot for the City of Portland renews a five-year property tax levy designed to prevent child hunger and child abuse.
The Portland Children's Levy was approved by voters in 2002 and again in 2008. If it's approved again, the levy is expected to raise more than $10 million over the next five years.
According to the text of Ballot Measure 26-150, that money can only be used for:
- Early childhood education programs
- After-school, summer and mentoring programs
- Child abuse prevention
- Children in foster care programs
- Improving children's access to nutritious meals
The levy is subject to annual audits and oversight by a citizens' committee. The administrative costs cannot exceed five percent of the funds raised, and the programs receiving funds must have a proven record of being cost-effective.
The measure is supported by Mayor Charlie Hales and the Portland City Council. There were no organized groups that opposed the measure, and no argument against it was filed in the Multnomah County Voters' Pamphlet.