This is the home of the League of Women Voters of klamath county. We are a non-partisan political organization that:
►encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government (GET INVOLVED)
► works to increase understanding of major public policy issues (OUR STUDIES)
► influences public policy through education and advocacy (BECOME AN INFORMED VOTER)
LWV 2020 Election Impact Report (WHAT WE DO)
The 2020 election saw the greatest voter participation in our nation’s history. In the middle of a global pandemic, with abundant mis- and disinformation about our elections and unprecedented attempts to disenfranchise voters or push anti-voter reforms, we as a League found new and innovative ways to impact voters.
Along the way, we carefully measured and analyzed the impact of our efforts so that we could recognize our victories and identify growth areas for the century to come.
We’ve compiled all of our findings in our 2020 Election Impact Report. Read the full report HERE.
Vote 411 and its Impact in Oregon (WHAT WE DO)
Here in Oregon, the League of Women Voters participates in and promotes voter education through the Vote 411 website. Here voters can learn about every election, candidates and issues. How well does it work? Here is one answer in the video below.
INTERVIEW WITH rEPRESENTATIVE cLIFF bENZ, cd2 (become an informed voter)
The League of Women Voters of Oregon encourages all local leagues to maintain contact with their elected officials, from city to national levels, to establish good relationships and open communications. The Second Congressional district, which encompasses 20 eastern Oregon counties and five different local leagues, including Klamath County, is represented by newly-elected Congressman Cliff Benz.
Recently the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County interviewed Congressman Benz. Read the results of that interview HERE.
You can also read about Congressman Benz when he ran for office here.
Report from the LWV Oregon annual convention, 2021 (WHAT WE DO)
The LWV Oregon annual convention was held remotely this year, but business still happened. Here’s a look at the action.
Quick: What does “consolidation” mean?(OUR NEWEST STUDY)
PROPOSED STUDY FOR 2021: Expansion of Klamath Falls City Limits to Coincide with Urban Growth Boundaries
At some point, as our community grows, the city limits of Klamath Falls will have to expand to include what is now defined as the UGB (urban growth boundary). This is a regional boundary, set in an attempt to control urban sprawl by, in its simplest form, mandating that the area inside the boundary be used for urban development and the area outside be preserved in its natural state or used for agriculture.
LWV Klamath has looked at previous unsuccessful efforts to expand city limits to the UGB in the last 15 years. Our question now is not “Should we expand” but rather our question is “when?”.
There are many factors to consider when looking at this question. We propose to educate ourselves regarding these factors and then share what we learn with the people who are affected by the answers.
The major factors we are considering include the following differences between the services offered in the city of Klamath Falls and those in the unincorporated areas within the UGB:
1) Police work
2) Water/Sewer services, pricing, long term issues
3) Taxes: city and county; the services each covers and what is NOT covered
4) Voter representation at decision making bodies (City Council, County Commissioners, South Suburban Sanitary District, County schools, city schools, other Boards that control services)
5) School Districts (City and County)
6) Other service differences for ambulance, 911, Fire District #1, airport, etc
While we all want to get the greatest number of services for the lowest tax dollar, it is our assumption that we are too frequently focused on the $1 we spend today rather than what it will cost if we wait to spend that $1. We propose to ask questions about what service delivery will look like as the population grows in the greater Klamath Falls area and what the projected costs are to deliver those services. We hope that the information we gather and share will assist our community members in being prepared for the changes that are bound to come.
Are you ready to participate? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Join the LWV Klamath! (GET INVOLVED)
Why? Because we do important work to strengthen our political system and democracy:
- Klamath County Commissioners are now non-partisan officials thanks to our leading efforts.
- The transient room tax we supported is aiding efforts to promote tourism in Klamath County.
- We study issues like air pollution, the justice system, the environment, and sustainable development. We make recommendations to local, state, and federal levels of government.
- Our focus is to educate voters before elections so they can make informed decisions.
- The LWV works on a non-partisan basis to get out the vote, thus improving our democratic process.
ALL VOTERS SHOULD BE INFORMED VOTERS (BECOME INFORMED)
What can YOU do?
- study local issues in detail, with the help of experts, and help frame policy recommendations
- work with other Oregon chapters to study larger issues and submit reports to the Oregon Legislature
- help with educating voters before elections, such as holding candidate forums
- join national non-partisan efforts to recommend sound policy on many issues
- become an informed voter
LWV Klamath Board Meetings (HOW TO PARTICIPATE)
Third Thursday of the month at 5:15 pm at various locations in Klamath Falls (or online). Request an agenda for each meeting from firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone has a voice at our meetings. (Only Board members are allowed to vote.)
Find our recent board meeting minutes HERE.
subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of upcoming activities.
CONTACT: LWV of Klamath County 8880 Tingley Lane, Klamath Falls OR 97603 541-882-6509
For more information, contact our president at email@example.com