Ballot writers needed for San Juan County initiatives

  • Tue Aug 8th, 2017 7:00am
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By F. Milene Henley

San Juan County Auditor

Fast forward to October: You’re flipping through your voters’ pamphlet and think, “Why are there arguments for all the measures, and no arguments against?”

According to state law, it is the responsibility of every district that puts a measure on the ballot to appoint committees to write arguments both for and against the measure. Surprisingly (yes, I’m saying that tongue-in-cheek), most districts are unable to find anyone willing to write arguments against their measures.

If a district is unable to appoint committees that responsibility falls to the county auditor. So here I am, once again seeking people to write the arguments nobody wants to write: the “con” arguments.

Four local measures will appear on the general election ballot this November. None, so far, have opposing arguments.

wThe Orcas Island School District placed two measures on the ballot. One is a proposition authorizing the district to issue bonds for a variety of facility improvements; the second is a proposition for a six-year capital projects levy. The Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is proposing a one-year levy for $105,000 in 2018. The levy for 2017 was $80,000. A citizens’ initiative about immigration will go to the voters in November, unless adopted by San Juan County Councilbefore then.

To write an opposition, contact the auditor at or 370-7558.

Up to three people, per measure, may be named as writers, though they may seek the assistance of as many people as needed. Statements are limited to 250 words.