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Ontario council will redo ballot title

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – Ontario city officials have agreed to rewrite what critics said was misleading language on a ballot measure repealing its 1 percent sales tax.

The Ontario City Council approved the 1 percent sales tax in September to take effect in January. The city said it needed the estimated $3.3 million in annual revenue to stop cuts in city services and expand police and other departments.

Petitioners last month obtained enough voter signatures to put before voters next May a ballot measure to repeal the tax. Under Oregon law, city officials had the job of writing the ballot summary and title.

Jackson Fox, an Ontario resident and one of the petitioners, sued the city in Malheur County Circuit Court, contesting the language used by the city in its ballot title, caption and summary. Fox asserted city officials used misleading and biased terms in describing what . . .