In surprise move, 4J delays bond vote until August

School board member Jim Torrey says more time is needed to "reflect."

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 11:59 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 1:09 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In an unexpected move Wednesday night, the 4J school board postponed a decision on whether to place a massive bond measure on the November ballot.

Board member Jim Torrey asked for more time so that he and others could "reflect" on the decision. He said it would also give more time for public input -- including a possible extra town hall meeting.

"It's a big lift," Torrey told the board. "And I just don't want to run the risk of not taking 30 or 40 days, whichever the superintendent says is most efficient, to look again to make sure we're doing our due diligence."

Torrey said he'd also like to explore trimming the total cost of the bond issue, which is currently set around $385 million.

However, Eileen Nittler, president of the board, disagreed, suggesting it was too late to postpone the vote.

"I do not support (the delay)," she said. "It just makes me nervous to wait. I feel like we've put together a good product and I will vote against it."

Despite Nittler's objection, the board voted to table the vote until Aug. 15, a mere two days before the Aug. 17 deadline to place the measure on the November ballot.

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