EUGENE, Ore. -- Voters in Lane County decided the fate of three special election measures held on Tues. November 5. Latest Election Results
One of the most contentious measures was on a $62.5 million bond for the Springfield School District that would fund various projects, like replacing Hamlin Middle School and adding classrooms to elementary schools. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday voters rejected the bond by a 52/48 margin. (more)
Around 4,300 households in the River Road area are being asked to re-approve a 5-year tax levy focused on funding parks programs and maintenance. The river road district says it needs the tax levy funding, which is set to expire, to keep recreation, senior and pre-school programs afloat. Voters approved the measure, with nearly three-quarters of voters supporting the renewed tax levy, which will bring $200,000 each year to those programs.
Dale Weigandt of the River Road Parks Dist. said the City of Eugene used to pay back the district for revenue that was lost as they annexed residences.
“All of those things are part of our community center and we have really, really good support. A lot of people come to our programs but without that operating cost money it will make it hard to do what we do,” said Weigandt.
The big issue for Junction City was a $32.4 million school bond measure. The measure looked to update heating and ventilation systems at the schools, as well as communications and security systems throughout the district.
Unofficial election results said that nearly 65 percent of voters were against the district bond measure. Officials from the district said the measure also used for updating the high school stadium would have cost homeowners $2.26-per-$1,000 of assessed home value. That means the owner of a $180,000 home would pay an extra $407 a year.
The money from the Springfield schools bond measure would have added classrooms to five elementary schools across the city. More than half of the funding would go towards replacing Hamlin, which was built in 1957.
Water damage above the electrical room is proof the roof design was not intended for Oregon's climate.
"Parts are no longer available and the system has actually been diagnose with fatigue by our utility company,” said Devon Ashbridge of Springfield Public Schools.
And much of the school's infrastructure was not designed to serve six hundred students or to last as long it has
"All the piping that carries our potable water for our kitchens, our water fountains, our sewage lines and our storm water drainage are weakened. They are slowly starting to crush under the building,” said Ashbridge.
“The bond would also allow us to upgrade technology throughout the district, so every student regardless of what classroom they attend and what neighborhood they're from has the same access.”
If the measure passes, the average Springfield homeowner would pay $62 more annually in taxes.