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Albany ballot questions answered

Written March 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

So why exactly is the forthcoming Albany bond-issue ballot measure written in the form of a city charter amendment rather than simply as a question on the bond borrowing itself? I think I know the answer, and it comes from the wording of the charter section on debt the voters approved in 2013.


Ballot hearing raises charter question

Written March 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why is it necessary to amend the Albany city charter in order for voters to approve the proposed bond issue to build a new police headquarters and main fire station? Could they not authorize the bond without amending the charter? That question was left unanswered during this morning’s hearing in Linn County Circuit Court.


And another ballot title challenge

Written February 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now there’s a second pending challenge of the ballot title and language for the May 19 bond election on Albany’s plans for a new police headquarters and main fire station. Tom Cordier filed the first one in court Monday and followed up with an amended version Tuesday. Fellow city resident Gordon Shadle filed the second […]


Hare case: Small fine, huge principle

Written September 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany City Manager Wes Hare says he himself is paying the $75 civil penalty he was assessed for an alleged — but in my opinion unwarranted — election law violation even while the city council seeks to overturn the complaint in the Court of Appeals.


Hare’s case heads for appeal

Written June 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

An administrative law judge for the state Elections Division has upheld — big surprise! — the agency’s $75 fine against Albany City Manager Wes Hare for reminding voters last fall that an election was taking place. Now it’s up to the Oregon appellate courts to strike a blow for free speech, but also for common […]


 
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