BEAVERTON The tax levy to help the Beaverton School district was approved by voters 57 percent to 43 percent.

The Beaverton School District serves nearly 40,000 children in 51 schools, and as the state continues to see funding shortfalls, the district has cut nearly $142 million out of its budget.

In order to make up for the cuts, supporters of measure 34-204 were asking for a local option levy to increase property taxes.

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The levy would raise property taxes in the district $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value. That means homes with a median value of $233,000 would pay an extra $24 a month in taxes.

Supporters of the levy said it will raise $82 million in five years to help keep teachers. Maureen Wheeler of the Beaverton School District said all of the money would fund teaching positions with no money going to administration costs.

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