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ELECTION TIE?! It could happen with Happy Valley police levy

Happy Valley’s enhanced police services measure that had been winning by a 51-to-49 percent margin in early returns now shows a tie, with 2,892 votes in favor and another 2,892 against.

Happy Valley officials have been hoping that voters will increase the city’s $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed value for enhanced Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office services in the city by 27 cents to $1.65 per $1,000 of property value. The 19.5 percent increase is the first proposed since 2002; during the following decade, Happy Valley’s 911 call volume increased by 250 percent, as its population grew by 315 percent.

Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall says that the city could decide what to do if there were a tie. Monday, Nov. 24, Hall will decide whether a recount is needed. It probably will be needed based on the state law calling for recounts in races closer than one fifth of 1 percent.

Happy Valley’s current police levy expires June 30, 2015, so City Council could refer the same measure to the ballot in May. Former Happy Valley Traffic & Public Safety Committee member Sandy Dalich, who is still a Happy Valley resident, said he would advocate that City Council refer the measure to voters again.

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