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Woodburn School bond: Too close to call?

With only a 46-vote difference as of Wednesday morning, some are calling the Woodburn School District bond issue too close to call.

The $65 million bond issue, which would alleviate overcrowding, fund major maintenance and upgrade security, shows 49.2 percent voting yes and 50.7 percent voting no.

A press release from the Oregon School Boards Association stated the results are too close to call.

“All over Oregon we have children studying in outdated, leaky and overcrowded buildings, OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones said. “Our students deserve the opportunity to learn in modern surroundings.”

But Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess said chances are slim for there to be more votes coming in to turn the tide.

“With 46 votes, the likelihood (of the outcby: LINDSAY KEEFER - This sign hanging in Heritage Elementary School is like others around the district listing what the bond would do to that individual school. According to the most recent election results, the bond failed by 46 votes.ome changing) is not great because we have a good sample of ballots,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean it won’t. It’s just the likelihood of having enough ballots to go one way is small.”

He said there is only an automatic recount if the difference is one-fifth of one percent. Right now the difference is 1.5 percent. The school district, however, can ask for a recount but, “They would have to pay the expenses,” Burgess said.

While there are 100 percent of precincts reporting, the results won’t be officially certified until June 9, at which time the district could choose to have a recount.

“There are still more ballots to count,” Burgess noted. “There are some ballots with outstanding signatures, and we give people 14 days to take care of that. So we won’t know an exact count until after that.”



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