Portland school repair bond fails


Portland-area voters narrowly rejected a $548 million facilities bond for Portland Public Schools.

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Portland-area voters narrowly rejected a $548 million facilities bond for Portland Public Schools.

Results in the special election show Measure 26-121, the school bond, failing 50 percent to 49 percent. Only about 1,500 votes separated the two sides on the measure.

The school district’s local operating levy, Measure 26-122, was being approved by a wide margin, 57 percent to 42 percent. The levy renews the district’s five-year local funding measure, raising about $19 million to save the equivalent of 200 teaching jobs.

The bond would have increased homeowners’ property taxes by an average of $300 per year. Supporters are largely faulting the state of the economy for the bond’s rejection.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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