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Voter Forums 2020: 26-218 (Metro)

Measure 26-218 (Metro)

Metro - Referred to the People of the Metro Region by the Metro Council.

  • 26-218 - Metro - Should Metro fund roads, transit, safety improvements, bridge repair, transportation programs by establishing tax on certain employers (0.75% of payroll)?

A "yes" vote supports authorizing the Metro Council to impose a payroll tax not to exceed 0.75% on employers with 26 or more employees, excluding local governments, beginning in 2022 to fund infrastructure improvements and transportation programs.

A "no" vote opposes authorizing the Metro Council to impose a payroll tax not to exceed 0.75% on employers with 26 or more employees, excluding local governments, beginning in 2022 to fund infrastructure improvements and transportation programs.

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Reminders when researching Ballot Measure Information

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(see "Note on Voters Guides")

Note on Voters Guides

Note: anyone may file an argument in the voters pamphlet, rules and fees for doing so are here (Multnomah County), and here (Statewide). Rules for for what is prohibited are here .  Postings are not Checked or Edited for accuracy.

Note: on rare occasions, citizens will file "Arguments in Opposition" as "Arguments in Support" (and vice versa) but phrased in a way as to resemble the type filed as. 

Example:  "Vote YES on Measure 24-601 if you think STEALING bread from hardworking small business owners should be legal."