Board to Discuss Local Option Levy

3-5 grace picEUGENE, Ore. — Officials are considering renewing a local option levy that could affect homeowners in Eugene.

District voters first approved the local option levy in May 2000, then renewed it twice in 2004 and 2008.

Property owners have already been paying the tax for more than a decade, but it’s set to expire next June. 4J School Board members will discuss whether to ask voters to renew it again for the next five years. It’s unclear how much it will cost, but the rate has remained unchanged since 2000, at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. For the owner of a $150,000 home, that’s $225 per year.

“I definitely support it and I just don’t want that to cut into our children’s education,” says Eugene resident Heidi Brancato.

Eugene resident Matthew Oneil says, “I think for the future of our kids, we need to make sure they’re in school, so I support it.”

The levy currently provides $8 million in funding for school and district operations, which is equivalent to the cost of 16 days. But over the past 12 years, local option revenues have averaged $9.5 million per year. It even reached a high of $14 million in 2008.

There won’t be a board vote until the next meeting, but should members approve the recommendation, it will be on the November 2014 ballot.

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  1. Robin says:

    I find this timing a bit interesting after the pathetic/politically motivated decision regarding Civic Stadium. That decision was financially irresponsible for the district and will end up with the Citizenry of Eugene having to foot the bill for the restoration and maintenance of that crumbling mess (I seriously doubt anyone will come up with the nearly enough money to take care of it so it will be the taxpayer). Why should we support a district that so clearly has no idea about how to make financial decisions?

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