McKenzie school board says to vote no on their bond measure

In a rare move, the board went against a bond measure they put on the November ballot.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 9:35 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 9:28 AM

FINN ROCK , Ore. -- The McKenzie School Board passed a resolution Wednesday night, saying their constituents should vote no on their bond measure.

In a rare move, the board went against the bond measure, which they had put on the November ballot. Board chair Tim Halloran said it didn't seem appropriate to ask money from his community when they're still recovering from the Holiday Farm Fire.

"The community is still processing the emotions of what the fire caused," Halloran said. "'Oh, by the way, we're asking for $15 million?' That's like rubbing salt in the wound."

Measure 20-313 would give the district $15 million through an increase in property taxes, and then the state would match $4 million. The money would be used for renovations around the district like building a new elementary school and upgrading the gymnasium.

Halloran said with many homes lost, property owners will have to pay more on their taxes. Instead of $1.96 per $1,000, Holloran estimates the new price would be about $2.30 per $1,000.

Instead, the board said they are looking to include a smaller bond measure on a ballot in May. Halloran said it all depends if the state will still be able to match $4 million.

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