As of Friday, April 6, 2018
From choosing finalists for the governor and U.S. House District 2 races to a renewal request for local school funding, plenty awaits Hood River County voters on the May 15 Primary Ballot.
Candidates for the State House Dist. 52 and State Sen. 26 positions seek nomination for the November General Election and two candidates will vie for the chairmanship of the Hood River County Board of Commissioners.
Also on the ballot is a request by Hood River County School District to continue the existing Local Option Levy.
Voters can expect the ballots in the mail by April 30.
April 24 is the last day for new voters to register and current voters to change party affiliation.
If you are registered as a non-affiliated voter, you can request an Independent ballot. All requests must be made by April 24, via the Hood River County Elections Division website, co.hood-river.or.us.
The Local Option Levy is a local property assessment approved by the voters of Hood River County to provide additional funds to the School District.
Local Option Levies are limited to five years. HRCSD’s Levy will expire on June 30, 2018. (Details below.)
Here is a summary of what will be on the May 15 ballot:
Governor — Democrats
Kate Brown (incumbent)
Governor — Republicans
County Board Chair
Oregon State Sen. Dist. 26
Chrissy Reitz (D)
Rep. Chuck Thomsen (R — incumbent)
Oregon House of Representatives Dist. 52
Anna Williams (D)
Aurora del Val (D)
Jeff Helfrich (R — incumbent)
U.S. House District 2
Greg Walden (incumbent)
Candidates for Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries (non-partisan)
Jack Howard, Lou Ogden, Val Hoyle (incumbent)
Local Option details
The Hood River County School District’s five-year request is for renewal the existing Local Option Levy. It has been approved by the voters of Hood River County since 2004.
The continued rate of $1.25 per $1,000 assessed value is estimated to raise $2,500,000 per year. The owner of a property valued at $300,000 would pay $375 per year.
The Local Option Levy results in “matching” revenue from the State equal to approximately 23 percent of local option revenue collected, or approximately $560,000 per year.
This measure would continue providing funds to help HRCSD preserve the equivalent of approximately 15 teaching and 30 support staff positions, protect core academic programs, electives, and class sizes at every school, and maintain a full school year for all children.
In addition, it would preserve advanced placement, career-technical and dual credit courses, sustain extracurricular athletics and intramural programs, electives and co-curricular activities including P.E., music, fine arts, engineering, and computer science and provide Community Education programs and community access.
UPDATE: The print version of this story will include an incorrect election date; due to a print deadline the story could not be changed. The web version of this article includes the correct date, May 15.