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North Wasco County School Board tax levy, May 2009

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A North Wasco County School Board tax levy was on the May 19, 2009 ballot in Wasco County, Oregon. Board members said that with diminishing state funds and no currently available stimulus funds, the ballot measure is necessary. The ballot measure was defeated.[1]

  • Yes: 1,430 (32.07%)
  • No: 3,029 (67.93%) Defeatedd

The initiative proposed a charge of about $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value over five years. Since the original draft of the measure school officials said that the language now includes specific details for what the money would be used for. According to district officials the money isn’t going for teacher salaries or for school equipment instead it is intended for continued maintenance of school buildings.[2]

Additionally, should the measure pass the district qualifies for 30 cents from the state for every dollar raised. In total district officials estimate that the levy will raise $8.72 million and $2.6 million from the state.[3] However, should the ballot measure fail school officials said that they will continue to pursue the initiative and continue to reach out to the community.[2]

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