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Your Voice, Your Vote: Initial results are in following Tuesday's special election

May special elections typically don't get the same attention that November elections do, but the ballot features some important local issues.

Posted: May 19, 2021 10:14 AM
Updated: May 19, 2021 10:24 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Tuesday marked the last day to turn in a ballot for Oregon's May special election. Special elections typically don't get the same attention that November elections do, but the ballot features some important local issues.

Ballots had to be delivered to a valid drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday evening in order to be counted. Results started coming in shortly after.

The May ballot included candidates for office in various special districts throughout southern Oregon, but the perhaps the most consequential items are ballot measures, which may effect tax rates and services for areas throughout a given county. Here's a rundown of measures on the ballot for this election by county, with vote results as of Wednesday morning:

Jackson County

  • Measure 15-200: Rogue Valley Transportation District (Yes: 62.86% / No: 37.12%)
    • A "yes" vote authorizes RVTD to continue imposing a $0.13 per $1,000 assessed value for the next five years to fund general operations. The levy was first approved at this rate in 2016. Without renewal, it will expire at the end of the fiscal year and would likely result in cut-backs to the current level of transportation service.
  • Measure 17-99: Three Rivers School District (Yes: 41.53% / No: 58.47%)
    • (Note: This ballot measure appears in both Jackson and Josephine counties for areas served by TRSD)
    • A "yes" vote authorizes the Three Rivers School District to issue $81,770,000 in bonds for school capital costs, allowing it to receive a matching grant from the state for $4,975,682. If approved, it will be payable from property taxes, with an estimated net increase to the current tax rate of $0.46 per $1,000 assessed value as the previous bonds mature.

Josephine County

  • Measure 17.97: City of Grants Pass - Three-Year City Police & Fire Local Option Tax (Yes: 71.39% / No: 28.61%)
    • A "yes" vote would renew funding of a levy to fund police and fire response services for the next three years at a rate of $1.79 per $1,000. If the levy is not renewed, it is expected to result in a 22 percent loss to current public safety funding, resulting in cut-backs to police, fire, and emergency services.
  • Measure 17.98: Proposed Josephine Independent Rural Fire Protection District (Yes: 46.95% / No: 53.05%)
    • A "yes" vote would form a fire protection district serving areas outside of Grants Pass and Cave Junction not currently served by a fire district, with a rate limit of $1.74 per $1,000 in assessed value. The district would be governed by a five-member board elected at the time of district formation — July 1 of this year, if the measure passes.
  • Measure 17-99: Three Rivers School District (Yes: 35.42% / No: 64.58%)
    • (Note: This ballot measure appears in both Jackson and Josephine counties for areas served by TRSD)
    • A "yes" vote authorizes the Three Rivers School District to issue $81,770,000 in bonds for school capital costs, allowing it to receive a matching grant from the state for $4,975,682. If approved, it will be payable from property taxes, with an estimated net increase to the current tax rate of $0.46 per $1,000 assessed value as the previous bonds mature.

Klamath County

  • Measure 18-120: Amendment of Klamath County Transient Room Tax (Yes: 29.83% / No: 70.17%)
    • A "yes" vote would increase the tax rate at Klamath County hotels and motels from 8 to 11 percent. Taxes apply to occupants of motels, hotels, RV parks, some campgrounds, and vacation rentals with a duration of less than 30 days. Of the additional funds raised by the increase, 70 percent would go toward tourism-related facilities and promotion, with 30 percent for county services.

Lake County

  • Measure 19-35: Requires County Board of Commissioners Meetings Regarding Relocation of Idaho Border (Yes: 74.33% / No: 25.67%)
    • A "yes" vote requires Lake County Commissioners to meet three times per year to discuss Lake County's interests in the relocation of the Idaho state border. It would also authorize civil penalties "for anyone who willfully prohibits cancels, or hinders" meetings, with a  maximum fine of $125.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 396501

Reported Deaths: 5268
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah61066850
Washington42631406
Marion40277517
Clackamas33256388
Lane30473363
Jackson25211363
Deschutes23984192
Umatilla15155184
Linn14966184
Douglas13608295
Josephine10357248
Yamhill9878145
Klamath9120152
Polk8347103
Benton622940
Malheur593592
Coos5806109
Columbia441156
Jefferson426066
Lincoln367952
Crook343958
Union341456
Wasco319646
Clatsop265435
Baker222533
Tillamook219846
Hood River217237
Morrow198425
Curry194239
Harney121733
Grant109116
Lake106318
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5127121

Reported Deaths: 74911
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153745027248
San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3367395771
Sacramento1699162460
Kern1588341838
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241513
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus922291434
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511311
Shasta26353462
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793979
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
Colusa329821
Inyo259446
Plumas19679
Mono19274
Mariposa163318
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
Unassigned3820
Sierra2210
Alpine1080
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