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Lebanon School District Bond Measure (May 2011)

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A Lebanon School District Bond Measure was on the May 17, 2011 ballot in the Lebanon school district area which is in Linn County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 2,303 (43.74%)
  • NO 2,894 (54.96%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $1.9 million in order to repair the roof and boiler in school buildings as well as upgrade technology and buy science materials as needed. If approved, $.08 would have been added to the local property taxes per $1,000 of assessed value. A previous loan which was refinanced reduced the property taxes so school officials were hoping residents would have been more willing to approve this new bond since the tax rate has been lowered.[2] There was debate to put this measure instead on the September ballot, but board members noted that in May the cost of the election would be shared with other governments who put candidates on the ballot where as in September the school may have been the only thing on the ballot meaning they would have had to pay the entire cost. The school district had also applied for federal and state money in the hopes that those additional funds would have supplemented the money received from the bond.[3]

An oversight committee had been create, if this bond had passed, to ensure that the bond money would have gone towards the projects which it was intended for. School board members noted that an oversight committee helped get the previous bond approved by voters and were hoping for the same this time around as well. The oversight committee would have led to better transparency in how the bond money would have been used and helped delegate tasks away from the school board.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall Lebanon Community School District issue $1,920,000 in general obligation bonds to improve technology, instructional materials, facilities and student safety? 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.[5][6]