PORTLAND -- Voters across Oregon cast ballots in local Special Elections Tuesday.
Proponents of the measure to fluoridate the city’s water supply conceded Tuesday night after a majority of the votes were counted in Multnomah County. The measure was losing with 60 percent of voters rejecting fluoride.
In Beaverton, the state’s largest school district, voters approved Measure 34-204, a local option levy to increase property taxes to offset nearly $142 million in budget cuts. The levy was expected to raise property taxes in the district by about $288 per year for a home with a median value of $233,000.
Clackamas County voters sent TriMet a clear message about the Portland-Milwaukie light rail project, with 57 percent voting against using county resources to support the plan. But the vote may not matter - TriMet is suing to force the county to pay a share of the $1.5 billion Orange Line.
Portland voters renewed a five-year property tax levy designed to prevent child hunger and child abuse. The Portland Children's Levy was approved by voters in 2002 and again in 2008. The levy was expected to raise more than $10 million over the next five years.
Voters in the Metro area approved Measure 26-152, a five-year levy to pay for improvements and maintenance of natural areas purchased with money from two prior bond measures. The owner of a home assessed at $300,000 will pay about $29 a year more for the levy.