Voters Reject Junction City School Bond

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Voters rejected a proposal from the Junction City School District Tuesday night.

Sixty-four percent of voters said no.

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.

The money would have been used to replace Laurel Elementary School and address safety and security in schools.

Now the community is reacting to the results.

“I’m very disappointed. I’m 80 years old. I don’t have children going to school, but I have grandchildren. And I want them to have a good education,” said Genevieve Smith, who voted in favor of the bond measure.

The district would also have replaced the grandstand and lights at the high school if the bond passed.

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  1. Rusty Shakleford says:

    That increase amounted to a 33% tax hike for some homes. The cost/square foot for the proposed school would have been almost twice the cost of construction in similiar schools recently built in Oregon. The cost of demolishing the old school would still entail the cost of asbestos abatement before the building could be demolished. Most of us would have to repair our home rather than tear it down and build a new one simply because there exists a sound building that needs repairs and upgrades. Schools are no different.
    “We have to do it for the kids” is a way overused slogan.

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