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Community members canvass for 4J bond measure

Community members and mayor Lucy Vinis went door-to-door Saturday morning educating voters on Measure 20-297.

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 4:36 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 4:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In addition to voting on state-wide ballot measures, registered voters in the Eugene’s 4J school district will also determine the fate of a $319 million school bond measure.

Community members and mayor Lucy Vinis went door-to-door Saturday morning educating voters on Measure 20-297.

The measure will appear on the November ballot.

RELATED: 4J officials hear updates on possible school safety upgrades

The measure would provide improvements for all school in the district including safety and security, replace and expand schools and create more educational opportunities.

Joy Marshall, the Lane County Director of non-profit group “Stand for Children" said the bond would among other things, make schools safer in case of an earthquake and would amp up front-entrance security.

“Our district has a great track record of coming in on time and low-budget on our bonds,” Marshall said. “All that money will go directly to making our schools safe and modern and we know exactly where that money is going to go and it's something so essential for all of our kids."

For those who live in the 4J District, Marshall said property taxes would increase by about $11 per month for the average homeowner.

That's about $135 a year if your home is worth around $200,000.

The district wants to remodel main entrances and offices of schools, install card access control and one button lockdown capability, apply anti-shatter films on windows and add fencing in strategic areas around buildings to restrict unauthorized access.

If the bond measure doesn't pass, the only way the district would be able to make those changes would be to take money from the general fund, which the district said would impact money to help with classroom teaching, class sizes or other building repairs.

The election is Nov. 6.

To  learn more about the bond measure, click here.

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