Portland School District Bond Measure (November 2012)
This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $482 million in order to help pay for three new high schools in the district as well as general improvement and renovation projects as needed. If approved, a levy addition of $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed value would be implemented in the district to pay for the bond. A similar measure was defeated in May 2011 but school officials are more hopeful this time because they sought out community input before presenting the proposed bond.
|Portland School District Bond Measure 144|
Election results from Clackamas County, Current Election Results and Multnomah County Election Department, Current Election Results
Text of measure
Language on the ballot:
|“||Is Portland Public School District authorized to issue up to $482 million of general obligation bonds to improve schools? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.||”|
The group Our Portland, Our Schools has been formed to serve as a watchdog group ensuring that if the bond is approved, the money is used for its intended purposes. The group supports the measure because the school sought input from residents and the schools do need renovations and upgrades to ensure student safety.
Those opposed to the bond have criticized the scope of the bond, saying that it would create further inequality in the schools of the district by not funding upgrades for more low performing schools. Critics have also noted that adding further tax burdens to residents is not helpful when budgets are tight already.
- The Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall Research of Portland group did a recent poll to gauge if residents would support the school bond this time around. The first round of polling showed slightly higher support, but then that dropped as residents heard more information on the financial burden of the bond.
|Date of Poll||Pollster||In favor||Opposed||Undecided||Number polled|
|April 14-17, 2012||Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall Research of Portland||56%||38%||6%||600|
The Portland school district has decided to cap donations for the bond measure at $1,000 for firms which could benefit from the possible construction project. During the May 2011 election, when a previous bond was attempted, some opponents noted that large contributions were made from construction and design firms. This time, the school district does not want to have a conflict of interest with these groups so they decided to cap contributions. So far, the proponents group has raised $3,125 for their campaign.
- The Oregonian, "Facing reality on the PPS bond: Foundational fixes should come before reform," July 14, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Portland School Board votes to go forward with $482 million bond measure," July 9, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Portland School Board picks three high-school bond option," June 25, 2012
- "Multnomah County Elections"
- The Stump, "Portland Public Schools bond deserves our support to modernize facilities," July 9, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Portland School Board refers $482 million bond measure to November ballot," August 20, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Poll finds support for Portland Public Schools bond," July 26, 2012
- The Oregonian, "Portland Public Schools bond campaign caps donations from construction, architecture, design firms," August 7, 2012