Judge Rules Five Measures Not Eligible for Ballot
Sep. 24, 1990
SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ Five statewide voter initiatives, including a far-reaching proposal to allow tax credits for church-sponsored schools, aren't eligible to be on the Nov. 6 ballot, a judge ruled Monday.
Marion County Circuit Judge Richard Barber's ruling could lead to removal of all eight initiatives from the ballot.
Because of printing deadlines, Barber said the measures could stay on the ballot but that votes for or against could not be counted.
Barber said the proposals no longer qualify for the ballot because they won't be accompanied by financial impact statements as required by state law.
The measures would limit property taxes, shut down the Trojan nuclear plant, ban some non-recyclable packaging, establish a pilot work in lieu of welfare program and allow tax credits for sending children to private schools.
The school funding measure would grant state income tax credits of up to $2,500 a year for pupils at private schools, including church-supported schools, and for children taught at home. It also would allow parents to send their children across district lines to any public school.
Barber's decision was an outgrowth of earlier Marion County Circuit Court rulings that the fiscal statements couldn't appear on the ballot because they weren't certified by state officials by a legal deadline.
Barber said the Legislature intended that measures not appear on the ballot without the required statements of financial effects.
State officials were considering an appeal of Monday's ruling.