I didn't pay attention to the Troutdale results of the Library levy. I should have.
Kudos to Mark Garber of the Gresham Outlook for his editorial and graphic map in the January 10, 2007 issue highlighting the philosophical split between Multnomah County voters east and west of I-205. Garber writes, "East County residents, of course, have a legendary aversion to taxes – and the opposite is true in Portland’s inner neighborhoods. But based on the library-levy results, it appears that the philosophical gap between inner-Portland and East County is more pronounced than ever."
Garber also points out that Multnomah County Library Measure 26-81 FAILED in Troutdale, even though the measure specifically promised a new library for Troutdale.
Here's the vote breakdown by Troutdale precinct:
Precinct 5200: Yes 1080, NO 1592
Precinct 5201: Yes 882, NO 1290
TOTAL: Yes 40.5%, NO 59.4%
Good job, Mark Garber. Good job, Gresham Outlook.