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Community gives final input on proposed 4J bond measure

The community showed up to the 4J School District for the final bond measure community forum on Wednesday night.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 12:04 AM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 10:03 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The community showed up for the final 4J bond measure forum Wednesday night. 

The meeting was for community members to give input before the board takes action on a proposed bond measure that could go to voters this November.

One of the possible options discussed tonight was a bond to the tune of $318.5 million, which is between the lowest and mid range. In this option, there would be a smaller, new North Eugene High School, a new Edison, Camas Ridge Elementary, and expanding rather than building a new elementary school in the Sheldon region.

This would cost the owner of a median home an extra $13 a month. The money would go to new schools, building repairs, safety and security, and technology advances.

"Voters really want to be fiscally sound, but only two extra dollars a month? Now is going to be cheaper than paying three or four extra dollars a month in the future when construction costs get even higher," said Rita Gillihan, a 4J North Region parent.

One community member told KEZI 9 News that this bond is important for the future.

"I think this is a huge investment in our future,” said Jamie Hock, school counselor and parent. “It's not just looking at having these beautiful pretty buildings and all of the fancy equipment, it's really about having a safe environment where kids and the family and community can feel safe."

On Aug. 15 a decision will be made whether or not to add the proposed bond measure to the November ballot.

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