County Elections seeks 'pro', 'con' writers for ballot measures

With the primary election almost over, the general election can’t be far behind.

This November’s ballot promises a number of measures, both local and statewide. For all ballot measures submitted by local governments, it is the responsibility of the district to appoint committees to write arguments for and against whatever type of measure will appear on the ballot.

If a district is unable to appoint committees, the responsibility falls onto a county auditor.

San Juan County Elections is expecting five different local tax measures to be on the November ballot. Two of the jurisdictions submitting those measures have already said they can’t find writers against the tax measures. Others may end up in the same position.

For that reason, San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley is seeking people interested in writing arguments against any of the following measures. The five expected measures are:

1. San Juan County EMS property tax levy

2. Town of Friday Harbor .2 percent sales tax to create a Transportation Benefit District

3. Orcas Island School District property tax levy (not yet submitted)

4. Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District property tax levy (not yet submitted)

5.  San Juan County property tax levy lid lift, replacing the levy lid lift approved in 2009 (not yet submitted)

Contact the auditor at, or (360) 370-7558, if you are interested in opposing any of the measures, know someone who might be, or, even if you just want to learn more about them.



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