Local voters approve police station bond, other measures

This year’s Election Day had West Linn voters saying “yes” to police stations, sheriffs, and countywide urban renewal votes. On Nov. 8, voters approved all four measures on the ballot: 3-377, 3-378, 3-386 and 3-388.

Measure 3-377 is an $8.5 million bond for the construction of a new police station. It will be on Eighth Avenue and meet the seismic standards that the current police station does not. According to The Oregonian, it will cost approximately $45 per year for a home valued at $285,000.

Measure 3-378, a levy renewal for the Clackamas County sheriff’s department, was approved, with 76% of voters saying “yes.” The measure does not raise taxes, but it does redirect property taxes toward paying the salaries of patrol deputies and the enforcement of drug laws. According to The Oregonian, it will cost approximately $50 per year for a home valued at $200,000.

Measures 3-386 and 3-388, measures for countywide and local urban renewal, respectively, both passed. Since only one plan out of the two can be implemented at one time, the one with the most votes will be the one that is used. So, Measure 3-386 will be the one put into place. This means that a countywide vote will need to be taken every time an urban renewal district is created or changed.