School bond supporters launch 'Yes' campaign

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EUGENE, Ore. - Supporters of a school bond on the May ballot kicked off their "Yes" campaign Monday.

The Yes for 4J Schools committee held a rally at Howard Elementary, built in 1949. The school is one of four buildings slated for renovation or replacement if the $170 million bond issue passes.

The bond would fund work at Howard, River Road Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School and the Arts and Technology Academy at Jefferson.

Money would also update school technology, improve security and buy new textbooks across the district. Supporters say 40 percent of classroom computers don't run current versions of educational software.

The bond would cost $42 per year in property taxes for the owner of the typical Eugene home assessed at $174,000. Assessed values are generally lower than market values.