Bond election ballot title wording requirements
August 7, 2009
The ballot title includes a caption, question and summary. Wording requirements are as follows:
CAPTION: No more than 10 words.
Suggested wording: (Name) District General Bond Authorization so that the first word voters see is the name of the district.
QUESTION: No more than 20 words plus required second sentence (ORS 250.035).
Suggested wording: Shall the (name) district be authorized to contract a general obligation bonded indebtedness in an amount not to exceed (dollar amount).
Required second sentence: If the bonds are approved they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
SUMMARY: No more than 175 words (ORS 250.035) plus required first sentence for all elections except general election in even numbered years (ORS 250.036).
Required first sentence for all elections except general election in even numbered years: This measure may be passed only at an election with at least a 50 percent voter turnout.
The 175-word summary must be "a reasonably detailed, simple and understandable description of the use of the proceeds." Districts may list items using bullets and bold type and use survey data to present issues in terms that reflect community priorities and concerns. The summary should be easy for the voter to read and understand.
This information is taken from OSBA’s Oregon School Bond Manual which is designed as a guide to help school district, education service district and community college officials understand their long- and short-term borrowing options.
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