County Commissioners Can Put Advisory Questions on County Ballots

Oregonians: contact your county commissioners if you live in an orange or green county on the map. Even though the green counties say “collect signatures”, we can do both in green counties. If the county commissioners put it on the ballot, we won’t have to collect signatures anymore.

Ask county commissioners to put an advisory question on the county ballot to give voters a voice on whether the border should be moved. They need to act in January or February to meet the deadline for the May 2021 ballot.  Show up at one of their meetings, and speak during the public comment period. Bring a bunch of Crook County citizens with you or have them call your commissioners.

You can find the meeting info on the county website. You can get the names and email addresses of your county commissioners here. Phone numbers are often on the county website.

Your commissioners can follow this guide: https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/ReferralManual.pdf

The form below is a suggested model that your county commissioners could use.

Below is a model letter you could use to write to your county commissioners.  Let us know how they respond.

I vote in this county and I’m writing today to ask you to refer a non-binding advisory question by February 2021 to the May 2021 ballot

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners placed such a question on the November 2021 ballot.  The question that the Douglas County Commissioners wrote is “Should Douglas County commissioners, state representatives and senators work toward moving the Idaho state border to include Douglas County?”  If you don’t want such a direct question, you could also ask something like “Should county commissioners establish a committee to investigate and promote the possibility of making _______ county a county of Idaho?”

A County Board can refer an advisory question onto the ballot using SEL 801 without gathering signatures.

I am not asking you to take a position on this issue; I am only asking that you let our county vote on it. Let the people decide which state government is more suited to their county’s economy and values.  Rural Oregon counties’ concerns are trampled on in Salem. Let them have a voice on this issue.

To read the full proposal to make rural Oregon a part of Idaho, visit: greateridaho.org

I am very concerned by the report by Jackson County commissioners that Kate is only sharing federal COVID-19 money with the Portland area. https://mailtribune.com/news/top-stories/jackson-county-says-governor-is-not-sharing-covid-19-relief-money

Move Oregon’s Border wrote: “Mike McCarter explained the greater Idaho concept in person to Lake County commissioners in February. The commissioners were concerned about the financial impact of switching states. So I did a study that showed that Idaho counties similar to Lake County got more money per person than Lake County did, even though in 2018 the average Idahoan paid $1753 less taxes than the average Oregonian (that’s for every adult or child, employed, retired or unemployed, and that was before Kate hiked taxes even higher).  Here’s a summary of the study: www.facebook.com/groups/GreaterIdaho/permalink/489511161713479  I admit that that study just looks at the amount of money going to the county government from the state, not the amount of welfare going to individuals. If you are willing to have less welfare available in your county in return for the lower taxes and greater freedom of Idaho governance, let your county commissioners know!”

Can you assure me that you will bring this to the County Board for a vote, and you will vote yes?