Voters OK school bond, jail levy but shoot down city service fee

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene voters approved a school technology and facilities bond but defeated a city services fee.

A levy for Lane County's jail and juvenile detention also appeared bound for passage in an election decided by almost a third of eligible Lane County voters.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Lane County Elections reports 80,029 of Lane County's 209,894 registered voters cast ballots - a 38.13 percent voter turnout.

“We are so grateful to receive this level of community support,” said Eugene 4J School Board Chair Jennifer Geller.  “The people of 4J have again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to public education.”

The funds raised by the new bond will be spent to replace and remodel several of the district’s oldest buildings, purchase technology upgrades for every school in the district and improve student safety, according to bond supporters. The school bond will increase the typical home's property taxes $42.

The jail levy will allow the Lane County Sheriff's Office to increase the capacity of the Lane County Jail. The jail routinely releases people accused of crimes who have not posted bail and convicts who have not served their sentences to avoid overcrowding.

"It allows us to almost double our capacity to hold violent offenders," Sheriff Tom Turner said. "It's going to make Lane County a safer place."

For the typical home in Lane County assessed at about $150,000, the levy will increase property taxes by about $85 each year.

The city service fee - which would have allowed the city to charge up to $10 per month per address - appeared destined for defeat.

"We'll keep on working to be really good stewards of the city resources and to do that the best we can with what we have," Mayor Kitty Piercy said.


          20-213 Lane County
          For Jail & Youth Services, five-year levy

         
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    44,915   57.01
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    33,869   42.99

          20-211 City of Eugene
          Fee for City fire, police, homelessness

         
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,440   32.96
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    25,300   67..04

          20-210  Eugene School District #4J
          Authorizes General Obligation Bonds

         
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    24,101   63.32
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    13,961   36.68