Voters in every county and city in the Mid-Willamette Valley that put a ban on psilocybin growing and “service centers” on the ballot were supporting the bans, according to early election results.
Marion and Polk counties, Aumsville, Dallas, Gates, Hubbard, Independence, Jefferson, Keizer, Lyons, Mill City, Sublimity, St. Paul, Stayton, Turner, Willamina and Woodburn all were voting to ban the substance in their cities, many by wide margins in the initial results.
The measures in Marion and Polk counties would cover unincorporated parts of their counties, but not in city limits.
The bans in Gates, Hubbard and Jefferson are temporary and would sunset in 2024. The others would be permanent.
If voters choose to ban the psychedelic substance, which is found in certain strains of mushrooms, it would prohibit “service centers,” where people would receive the substance, as well as the commercial growing of the mushrooms.
Voters in Oregon opted to legalize the use of psilocybin in clinical settings under Measure 109 in the 2020 election. But cities and counties were given the ability to ask voters to opt out.
Other ballot measures in local cities
Detroit city charter
Detroit residents were narrowly voting down a new charter for the city, according to early returns.
The new charter would change residency requirements, remove gender-exclusive references and make other changes, including correcting misspellings and formatting.
Currently, the charter limits the number of non-primary residents on the seven-member council to two.
The city was hard hit in the 2020 wildfires. About 80% of the homes in the town burned down and all of its residents were displaced at one time.
Keizer library fee
Voters were rejecting a measure to impose a fee for a public library.
The city asked residents to approve a $2.50 per month fee for each home and apartment to pay for a public library. The current library, which has existed since 1988, is a non-profit and doesn’t receive public funds.
Keizer is the only city in the state larger than 3,500 people without a public library.
Voters were voting down a measure that would allow marijuana businesses in the city, but were strongly supporting a measure to allow the city to tax retailers for marijuana sales.
In 2016, Aumsville voters opted to prohibit marijuana dispensaries.
If the first measure is passed, dispensaries, retailers, processors and wholesalers would be allowed to operate in Aumsville.
The second measure would allow the city to tax retailers for each marijuana sale, provided the first measure passes.
Silverton pool levy
Voters in Silverton were overwhelmingly supporting an operations levy for the city’s pool.
The tax would cost homeowners 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
The current levy was last passed in 2017 and expires June 30. That levy cost residents 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of their homes.
Falls City operation levy
Falls City residents were narrowly passing a $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, five-year levy that would fund emergency equipment.
The levy, which would start July 1, would go to update emergency equipment. It would raise approximately $256,179 over five years.
Bill Poehler covers Marion County for the Statesman Journal. Contact him atbpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com