Add one more money measure to the Nov. 2 ballot.
The Multnomah County
Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved asking county voters to OK a five-year, $10 million levy to fund the financially threatened Oregon Historical Society
, which runs the society's museum and library in downtown Portland
. If county voters OK the levy, it would add a nickel per $1,000 of assessed property value, or about $7.50 a year on the property tax bill of a homeowner whose house was assessed at $150,000.
The measure would also create a citizens' oversight committee and an audit to serve as financial watchdogs for taxpayer funds.
"I don't think it is the perfect solution to have Multnomah County voters fund the Oregon Historical Society," says county Board Chairman Jeff Cogen. "But I do think it's unacceptable for the organization to close its doors."
The levy is the third money request that Portland voters will face this fall, along with a $72.4 million Portland Fire Bureau bond measure and a $125 million TriMet bond.