Junction City Proposed School Bond

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Voters will be asked to approve a $32.4 million school bond in November. Officials say the money would be used to replace Laurel Elementary, improve the grandstand and lights at the high school and replace lighting and ceilings at the middle school. The bond would cost a $180,000 home about an … Continue reading »

Election Features Springfield Measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – On the November 5 ballot is a $62.5 million school bond in Springfield. If approved, much of the money would be used to replace Hamlin Middle School, which was built in 1957. Other improvements include upgraded technology infrastructure, improvements to heating equipment, better handicap access and more security. If the bond is … Continue reading »

Local Lawmaker to Run for Governor

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Representative Dennis Richardson has announced his bid for Governor. The Republican representing Central Point said he will seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination for the May Primary election leading up to the November 2014 election. He started his campaign at 8 a.m. at the Central Point War Memorial in Don Jones Park. … Continue reading »

Levy May be Blueprint for Other Counties

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently approved public safety levy may prove as a blueprint for other Oregon counties struggling with funding. Lane County was the only county to approve a public safety levy last week. A commissioner says extensive polling helped the commission craft a levy that earned enough support to pass. Voters in two … Continue reading »

Voters Reject Pleasant Hill Fire Bond

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene will do without funding for its fire department, and so will Pleasant Hill after a bond measure failed 55 percent to 44 percent. This is the second fire bond residents voted down in the past two years, and some who voted ‘no’ blame poor planning. The bond measure would have gone … Continue reading »

Eugene City Services Fee Fails

EUGENE, Ore. — With a nearly two-to-one vote against Eugene’s service fee, city leaders say they heard voters loud and clear. With no plan B, the city says it’s back to the drawing board. It was a tough night and morning for all the folks who supported the fee, especially for those back on the … Continue reading »

Jail Beds to Re-open

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County public safety leaders wasted no time making plans with new funds that will come from the successful levy, passed Tuesday night. Early numbers showed 56 percent of voters were on board with the tax that will support jail beds and youth services. John Aarons at the John Serbu Juvenile Detention … Continue reading »

County Surprised by Low Voter Turnout

EUGENE, Ore. — The numbers are in from Tuesday night’s special election. Now the communities that had issues on the ballot are planning changes or cuts. There were plenty of surprise election results in Lane County– the passage of the public safety levy, the failure of the Eugene service fee–but maybe the most shocking result … Continue reading »

Eugene Service Fee Loses Support

EUGENE, Ore. — The most controversial and debated on this ballot was the city services fee. The preliminary numbers did not look good. The fee’s supporters gathered at The Bier Stein as those first numbers loaded up. With nearly a 2-to-1 vote against Measure 20-211, what may be tough loss for city officials is just … Continue reading »

Unofficial Election Results Released

Ballots are being counted in western Oregon counties for the May 2013 Special Election. Here are the results for some of the measures so far as of 9:30 p.m.: Lane County: Eugene City Fee: Yes: 32%, No: 67% Lane County Jail & Youth Services Levy: Yes: 56%, No: 43% Eugene School District Bond: Yes: 62%, … Continue reading »

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