Over the past 25 years my default setting has always been “NO” on any ballot measure that will amend the Oregon Constitution. But I suggest you take a hard look at Oregon Measure 102 because it may be a worthwhile “YES.”
Measure 102 would amend the state constitution to allow counties, cities, and towns to use bond revenue to fund the construction of affordable housing without having to retain ownership of the constructed housing. If Measure 102 passes, local voters would have to approve these affordable housing bonds, and the total principal of the bonds can’t exceed 0.5 percent of the market value of the property.
Measure 102 has bipartisan support, and is on the ballot from the Oregon Legislature where all the Senate Democrats voted in favor as did 7 of the 13 Republicans. Both Kate Brown and Knute Buehler support Yes on 102. More importantly, the measure is supported by Habitat for Humanity and the Oregon Food Bank.
The text of the amendment is not perfect. The editorial board of the Eugene newspaper supports the concept but opposes this particular version. https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20181005/vote-no-on-measure-102. But almost everyone agrees that the amendment will immediately serve the desired goal of creating a little more affordable housing in Oregon, especially in Portland.
The Metro Council has referred a $652.8 million general obligation bond to Portland-area voters for consideration on the November ballot. The proposed bond measure could fund the construction, acquisition and renovation of affordable housing for approximately 7,500 to 12,000 people in the greater Portland region. https://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/affordable-housing-bond-information. If Measure 102 passes, the Metro bond dollars will go further than if Measure 102 does not pass. https://portlandtribune.com/lor/49-opinion/406840-304200-measure-102-will-make-affordable-housing-dollars-go-much-further
I’m convinced, this one time, amending the Oregon Constitution may be a good idea.