Election results include Wasco County

School district bond measure passage
Results from the May 15 election continued to roll in last week, when the unofficial tally of votes for the 509-J School District's $26.7 million bond measure stood at 1,406 yes to 1,203 no.
   Although those figures included the ballots dropped off in other counties and forwarded to the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, they did not include the ballots from Wasco County, where 82 residents of the Antelope area, which is part of 509-J, cast their ballots.
   The Wasco County Clerk's Office reported that the unofficial total was 60 yes votes to 22 no votes, bringing the districtwide totals to 1,466 yes to 1,225 no.
   The school district is moving forward with finding a project manager for the various projects to be funded by the bond measure. Because the new bond measure will replace a retiring bond, and be combined with an existing bond at a historically low rate, property taxpayers are expected to see a slight decrease in their overall school bond payment.
   The bond will fund construction of an auditorium at Madras High School for $7,980,000; districtwide improvements for $7,931,422.29, including a new stadium and track, and resurfaced tennis courts at MHS, and repairs to asphalt and parking lots at all district schools; and $10,736,300 (half the cost) for a new school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Warm Springs.
   In order for the school district to proceed with the Warm Springs school, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs must pass a referendum agreeing to partner with the district and equally share the total cost of the new school.
   On May 14, Warm Springs voters overwhelmingly favored the referendum by a vote of 501 yes to 147 no, but failed to obtain votes from a minimum of one-third of the eligible voters. The tribes need at least 1,022 people to vote for the referendum to be valid.
   The tribes will go out for another referendum on July 10.