One comment on “Reedsport Info News and Events May 19, 2016
  1. For those who don’t understand how exactly ORS 260.532 was violated regarding 10-140.

    In the state of Oregon fuel tax funds must “be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation and use of public highways, roads, streets and roadside rest areas in this state.” (Oregon Constitution, Article IX, Section 3a)

    The City of Reedsport, The Reedsport City Council members, and the Reedsport Mayor have jointly and severably violated ORS 260.532 “publishing false statements of material facts regarding a measure” in an effort to gain voter support for a city fuel tax in the following ways:

    1) The ballot measure itself states the fuel tax will be used to reimbuse expenses for city funded facilities, ( see http://www.co.douglas.or.us/clerk/documents/Measure10_140CityofReedsport.pdf). City funded facilities reimbursement is not one of the exclusive ways in which these taxes may be used under the Oregon Constitution.

    2) In a letter published in the Umpqua Post and The World newspapers (see http://theworldlink.com/reedsport/gas-tax-needed-for-levee-street-improvements/article_8723ce36-27e1-55e4-827b-651c6561e8d4.html), the Mayor states:

    A) The gas tax is needed for the “levee” in the title of the letter. The levee is not one of the exclusive ways in which the funds may be used.

    B) The revenues are for “equipment” in paragraph one of the letter. Equipment is not on of the exclusive ways in which these funds can be used.

    C) The funds “will also be used for other street restoration and maintenance projects; however, the first priority is to conduct the research and perform necessary projects ensuring the longevity and functionality of the levee.” Neither research nor projects ensuring the longevity and functionality of the levee are any one of the exclusive ways in which these fund must be used.

    D) “The levee project at a virtual standstill until additional funds can be realized” The levee project is not an exclusive way in which these funds must be used.

    E) “funds can only be used for specific purposes identified by ordinance” an ordinance that states they will be used for city funded facilities (see item 1)). Again, publicly funded facilities are not on of the exclusive ways in which these funds can be used.

    It is evident to me that the Mayor, the City of Reedsport, and the Reedsport City Council have jointly and severably violated ORS 260.532 for the before mentioned reasons. These violations cannot be tolerated and steps are required to prevent this sort of behavior from happening in the future. If you oppose this violations of Oregon law, support a civil law suit that must be filed by June 16th 2016.

    For those who don’t understand why this is the foundation for a criminal investigation.

    I doubt the Mayor, the Council, and the City were unaware that what they were doing was unlawful, but even if they were at first; when the Oregon Fuels Association informed everyone in Reedsport by mail that the measure violated state law, the Mayor, Council, and City then approved a flyer to be bulk mailed which undoubtedly establishes an act of furthering their intent to unlawfully (conspiracy ORS 161.450 (2) a,b, and d ) take money from fuel users (theft by deception ORS 164.085 b,c,d, and e) and/or take money from fuel providers (theft by extortion ORS 164.075 f,h and i ) under the guise of a fuel tax and divert that property (money) as described in their publication (misapplication of entrusted property ORS 165.095). If you oppose the Councils actions regarding measure 10-140, call Chief Wisehart and demand an investigation at (541) 271-2100.

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