Bend-La Pine School District Bond Issue, Measure 9-92 (May 2013)

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A Bend-La Pine School District Bond Issue measure was approved on the May 21, 2013, election ballot in Deschutes County, which is in Oregon.

This measure authorized the Bend-La Pine School District to increase its debt by $96 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to fund the improvement projects described below in the Summary under the Text of measure section. The estimated first year tax levy needed to repay these bonds in the required 25 years is $0.26 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.[1]

Election results

Measure 9-92
Approveda Yes 14,494 62.32%
These results are from Deschutes County elections office

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Shall Bend-La Pine Schools build schools, renovate classrooms, and improve safety by issuing $96 million in general obligation bonds? 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.[1][2]


If approved, this measure would provide funds for

capital costs and bond issuance costs, including:

  • Additional Neighborhood Schools in High Growth

Areas: Construct, including site improvements and land purchase, furnish and equip one elementary and one middle school to meet current and anticipated capacity challenges.

  • Classroom Additions/Renovations: Many classrooms

were constructed decades ago. Renovate, equip and furnish classrooms, including, but not limited to, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

  • Safety Improvements: Make health and safety upgrades

including, but not limited to, fire sprinklers, security systems and entrance redesign. Add fencing and make safety improvements to physical education spaces including gyms, playgrounds and fields.

  • Maintenance and Preservation at Existing Buildings:

Replace leaking roofs and windows, and upgrade heating, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as energy saving projects.

Bonds would mature in 25 years or less. Estimated first-year cost is $0.26 per $1000 of assessed value. Based on this estimate, the bond tax rate for 2013-14 is not expected to increase from the 2012-13 rate due to the retirement of existing debt.[1][2]


Below is a statement in support of this proposition:

We are Central Oregon business owners and we understand the importance of great local schools. Great schools are vital to a well-educated workforce and healthy economy. Our exceptional public school system is good for business in Central Oregon. For nearly three decades, thousands of new students have enrolled in our public schools. Their families come to the area for the quality of life and great schools and bring new businesses and jobs with them.

Maintaining high-quality educational environments and taking care of our existing schools is a community priority. A YES vote for the school bond provides us with the opportunity to build and maintain exceptional schools in the Bend, La Pine and Sunriver areas. This bond will fix leaking roofs and windows, and upgrade heating, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing systems and deliver energy efficiency project that will save the District hundreds of thousands of dollars in our lifetimes. And the construction of two new school buildings will bring jobs and income to the Bend, La Pine and Sunriver areas.

Doing this work now will allow the District to take advantage of construction and materials costs that are lower than in recent years And, thanks to sound fiscal management by the District, the bond’s 140 projects can be completed without increasing the tax rate that you currently pay.


We can save money, energy, and water as our children receive a healthier, safer place to learn, all while creating local jobs. That just makes good business sense. [1][2]

These arguments were prepared and submitted by:

Dan Hobin, G5
Charley Miller, Miller Lumber
Rod Ray, Bend Research
Troy Reinhart, Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management
Jeff Robberson, Robberson Ford Mazda
Betsy Skovborg, Bigfoot Beverages
Scott Steele, Steele Associates Architecture
Todd Taylor, Taylor NW
Scott Wallace, The Wallace Group

For additional arguments in support of this measure see the County Voter's Guide.


No statement was submitted in opposition to this proposition. If you have an argument that you would like posted here please email

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Deschutes County May 21, 2013 Voter’s Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.