The unofficial results of the Cannon Beach prepared food tax question on the November ballot are counted and the tax had more “Yes” votes than “no,” meaning the tax passed.

With all votes counted, it was 379 “Yes” to 375 “No.,” according to Sheryl Holcom, an election technician at Clatsop County.

On November 22, the elections department will certify the election to make these results final, Holcom said.

The results were not close enough to trigger an automatic recount, she said. However, someone can demand a recount. The cost of the recount would be charged to the person making the request. A demand for a recount can be filed any time after November 22 but no later than December 7.

She said the cost would be “anywhere from $100 to $500.”

The recent additional votes were challenged votes, she said. They came from updated signatures and ballots that were not initially signed.

Three councilor positions will become available and on the ballot in the November 2022 election, she said. These are councilor-at-large positions held by Mike Benefield and Robin Risley.

Mayor Sam Steidel’s position will also be on the November 2022 ballot, she said.

According to the city recorder Jennifer Barrett, Resolution 21-25 that called for the election states the tax would become effective on July 1, 2022.

The Gazette asked the city if the council has the power to end the prepared tax.

According to Barrett, the city’s attorney Ashley Driscoll recently said: “If the tax passes, the code section becomes like any other section of the City’s code. The council may amend, modify, repeal, etc. with an ordinance.”


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