The following “Ballot Title”, prepared by the City Attorney of the City of Madras was filed with the City Elections Official on June 17, 2016.
Question: Shall the City of Madras impose a three percent tax on the sale of marijuana by a licensed marijuana retailer?
Summary: State law provides that a city council may adopt an ordinance to be referred to the voters of the city imposing up to a three percent tax or fee on the sale of certain marijuana items by a licensed marijuana retailer. The Madras City Council referred this measure to the voters as provided under state law.
Approval of this measure will impose a three percent tax on the sale of marijuana items by marijuana retailers in the city. The tax will be collected at the point of sale and remitted by the marijuana seller.
Under state law, a city that adopts an ordinance prohibiting the establishment and/or operation of a recreational marijuana producer, processor, wholesaler, and/or retailer may not impose a tax or fee on the production, processing, and/or sale of marijuana or any product into which marijuana has been incorporated. This measure will become operative only if the measure proposing to prohibit (ban) the establishment and operation of recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers is not passed (approved) by voters.
The City Elections Official has determined that the measure meets the requirements of section 1 (2)(d) and (5), Article IV of the Oregon Constitution. The measure election will be held in the City of Madras on November 8, 2016. Any elector of the City of Madras who is dissatisfied with the ballot title may petition the Jefferson County Circuit Court to review the ballot title issued by the City Attorney. The deadline to file a petition to review the ballot title is no later than the 7th business day after the ballot title is filed with the City Elections Official and/or an appeal to the council as set forth in Section 11 of Ordinance No. 491; therefore, the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2016.
The City Recorder must be notified within one day of any petition being filed in the Circuit Court challenging the ballot title.
Publish: June 22, 2016