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Ashland voters poised to reject $8.2 million bond funding City construction projects

Voters in Ashland appear to have decided the fate of an $8.2 million dollar proposal to improve the City Hall building and several other historic downtown sites.

Posted: May 19, 2020 8:51 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 9:08 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Voters in Ashland appear to have decided the fate of an $8.2 million general obligation bond proposal to improve the City Hall building and several other historic downtown sites.

With a little over 8,200 votes tallied, just over 69 percent of voters said "No" to the funding bond. Just over 30 percent said "Yes."

Results are still preliminary and may change somewhat as votes continue to be tallied.

The proposal originally called for the demolition of City Hall, which was later changed to a retrofit that would preserve the building's facade. It also includes major repairs for the currently-shuttered Community Center, Pioneer Hall, and the Butler-Perozzi Fountain — all historic fixtures of Winburn Way along Lithia Park.

City officials have argued that the current City Hall building would be structurally unsound in the event of a major earthquake.

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