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Ontario voters asked to give council more power, but impose limits on tax increases

Ballots returned early by Malheur County voters await processing at the Malheur County Clerk's Office in Vale. (The Enterprise/file)

ONTARIO – Ontario voters will decide on two ballot measures in the May 17 election including one that boosts the amount motel guests pay for a room and another that add new limits on the city’s authority to increase taxes and fees.

Ballot Measure 23-65 will change the city charter in several ways. The city charter is the basic governing document for city matters. The ballot measure would allow the majority of the Ontario City Council to remove the council president’s authority.

A second change will switch how many votes are needed by the council to remove a city manager. Now, the council must vote by a two-thirds margin to remove a city . . .