JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The Junction City school board asked for more than $32 million in bonds for this year’s November Special Election. That would have raised taxes on a $180,000 home by more than $400 each year.
Voters overwhelmingly turned down that request, with 64 percent saying ‘no’ to the funding as of Wednesday morning. The money would have been used to replace Laurel Elementary School and address safety and security in schools. The district would also have replaced the grandstand and lights at the high school. While school board members say they’re happy with the number of people who turned out to vote, the results are disappointing.
“It did surprisingly bad actually. I was stunned at the number of no votes that were there,” says Junction City school board member Denise Pratt.
As for what’s next, the school board members say they will have to regroup because the needs of the aging schools won’t go away.