WILL OCEANSIDE BECOME OREGON’s NEWEST CITY?10/20/2022
Oceanside is a sleepy little town of over 1000 individual homes and building lots. Because this is a beach town, about 2/3 of those properties are owned by people who do not live full time in Oceanside. To be a registered voter, you must be a full-time resident. Therefore, fewer than 350 people in Oceanside are registered to vote and will be making this decision and future decisions which impact the lives and livelihoods of over 1000 property owners.
This tipping of the scale sets up a very undemocratic rule-making dynamic. If Oceanside’s voters choose to incorporate, then there will be 5 City Councilors in power who will make decisions for their neighbors and friends, all 1000 of them. When you live in a small village, everyone in the village is your neighbor. If we become a city, the rule-making process will pit neighbor against neighbor.
Imagine that you own a lot in Oceanside, and you discover you need a variance to build your house. You apply for the variance only to discover that the house you’ll be building will affect the ocean view from the homes of 3 of the city councilors who will be deciding whether your request is approved. Wouldn’t it be better if the people making those decisions were not your neighbors who will themselves be personally impacted by the decision they make? Currently those decisions are made by the Tillamook County Commissioners. That provides a more “arms-length” distancing from the potential for personal bias.
If we vote to incorporate, we will want to elect councilors we are convinced will rise above their human failings by being selfless and scrupulously unbiased in their decision making. When you have only a small pool of people to choose from, the odds of finding 5 human beings with those superior qualities can be low.
The solution is to leave everything as it is. Keep Oceanside unincorporated. Keep the rule-making arms-length at the county level and allow us to continue enjoying the peace, beauty, and serenity of living in a tiny hamlet by the sea. Please vote “NO.”
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