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School dist. opposes measures 41 and 48

TIGARD - The Tigard-Tualatin School Board has issued two resolutions opposing ballot measures 41 and 48.

Both measures will appear on this November's election ballots. The measures could affect budget revenue, which in turn would affect the statewide budget for school districts.

Measure 41 would allow personal income tax deductions equal to total federal deductions for all exemptions to substitute for state exemption credit. Measure 48 amends the Oregon Constitution to limit the percentage increase in state spending from biennium to biennium to the percentage increase in state population plus inflation.

School Board members listened Thursday night as Superintendent Rob Saxton gave a brief presentation on both measures. Saxton's presentation was based on numbers and projections as determined by several state agencies.

Presentations showed that if either measure were to pass the school district could possibly be hit with a budget cut.

'For a $90 million budget, a $14 million impact is a big deal,' noted board member Caroline Neunzert.

According to the board's resolutions, the district's share in statewide budget cuts in 2007-2009 as a result of Measure 41 could amount to about $7.9 million, according to the resolution.

The district's share in statewide budget cuts in 2007-2009 as a result of Measure 48 could amount to about $9.7 million, according to the resolution.

The resolutions urge parents, staff and community members to vote 'no' on both ballot measures.