By JAMES DAY
There will be a doubleheader of forums tonight on the Measure 02-86 property tax levy in Corvallis.
Associated Students of Oregon State University will host a forum at 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union. Mayor Julie Manning and Ward 8 Councilor Biff Traber will speak in favor of the measure.
Community activists Tom Jensen and Jeff Hess will speak against the levy.
Free pizza will be served.
At 7 p.m. the League of Women Voters will host a forum at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.
Manning will speak in favor of the levy, and Jensen will speak in opposition.
Measure 02-86 would charge property owners 81.81 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for five years, beginning July 1, 2014 or $245 per year for a house valued at $300,000.
The levy would pay for services at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, the Osborn Aquatic Center, the Senior Center and for new positions in the Corvallis Police Department, Fire Department and Community Development Department.
Also on the Nov. 5 ballot is Measure 02-87, which would annex 10.74 acres of land in southwest Corvallis into the city’s stock of land and pave the way for its development.
Both the OSU and library forums will include discussion of Measure 02-87 in addition to the levy.