Immediate Past President:
Barbara BiencourtLinks Section
2011 Meeting Notes
In September, 2011 our speaker was , Rep. Wally Hicks, who gave us an update of the Oregon State Legislature.
Our May, 2011 meeting's speaker was , Rev. Jim Brumbach, who spoke on "The Role of the church in politics"
Have you ever wondered the role of the church and politics?
There is a great deal the church is "allowed" to do even under restrictive tax laws.
Education is a HUGE part of it and an educational ministry is one of the main roles of a church.
April, , John Chambers , , an educator who taught and has authored books about the nationís founding documents was our speaker. He is currently teaching seminars on "Keeping the Republic". He addressed the subject of "constitution" but stress that the constitution of the people determines the constitution of the government. He likes a quote of Thomas Paine, that says it is a Constitution of the people rather than a Constitution of the Government. The United States was founded as a constitutional republic and Democracy is great if you have responsible people. We need to restore government to its proper constitutional role. The original purpose of the Constitution was to establish peoplesí rights by restricting governments. Some other things he says, There are three classic forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy. A family is structured like an aristocracy and a monarchy enables those in charge to seize power and never give it back. Under the Roman republic a form of "mixed government" was introduced, and included a balance of power to keep all its elements limited. Chambers used an analogy to compare those forms of government with those of the United States. He said that the president acts as the monarch, the courts resemble the aristocracy, and democracy is represented by the Legislature.
March Josephine County Assessor, , Connie Roach , , presented a history on Measure 5 & Measure 50. She will explain how these measures affected our property taxes, the impact on property owners and their effect on county government in the years since they were voted into Oregon law. Questions and Answers to follow.
Ballot Measure 5 was a landmark piece of direct legislation in the U.S. state of Oregon in 1990. Measure 5, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution (Article XI, Section 11), established limits on Oregon's property taxes on real estate.
Property taxes dedicated for school funding were capped at $15.00 per $1,000 of real market value per year, and gradually lowered to $5. Property taxes for other purposes were capped at $10 per $1,000 per year. Thus the total property tax rate would be 1.5% at the end of the five-year phase in period. The measure transferred the responsibility for school funding from local government to the state, to equalize funding. The measure was passed in the November 6, 1990 general election with 574,833 votes in favor, 522,022 votes against. It was one of the most contentious measures in Oregon election history.
Historical significance Measure 5 is often seen as the beginning of the Oregon tax revolt. One effect of the measure was that funding for local schools was shifted from primarily local property tax funds to state funds. With this, it led to a general equalization of funding between districts as funds are now given to districts based on the number of students in each district. Schools with higher value property in their districts previously could fund local schools at a higher rate than more economically depressed areas. Passage of the measure and the limits led to some discussion of eliminating county services in Multnomah County by combining them with Portland city services or Metro, as well as talks of combining Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties into one large urban county for the Portland metro area.
Measure 5 was followed up with Measure 47 in 1996 and Measure 50 in 1997. Measure 47 limited the growth of a propertyís assessed value to 3% maximum per year to combat local governments raising assessed values to make up the difference in the rate they could charge. Measure 50 clarified that measure. We have an upcoming election on May 17, 2011. We have some Republican candidates running for these special district positions - school boards, park board and water board, etc. Please remember to VOTE! March 17th was the deadline for signing up - let us know if we have other Republican candidates running...Please VOTE!
Ron Crume - Three Rivers School District School Board - Zone 4
Barbara Satterwaite - Grants Pass School District School Board - Position 5
Richard Bouchard - Illinois Valley Fire Protection District