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Oregon Voters Give School Bonds Mixed Results

Nov 10, 2016

Tuesday night’s election results showed voters were not interested in the big corporate tax hike, Measure 97. But a number of Oregon communities approved smaller taxes for local schools.

The Seaside district approved a bond worth nearly $100 million. The money would replace three schools at risk of a coastal earthquake and tsunami.

If you’ve ever wondered if one vote really makes a difference, consider a school bond measure in Snoqualmie. The proposal to build a new middle school in the rapidly-growing city was recently defeated by a single ballot. That doesn’t mean it’s dead. A parent decided the vote was too close to concede.

A majority of Snoqualmie residents supported the new school, almost 60-percent. Trouble is, when it comes to King County elections, almost doesn’t cut it.