Today, voters passed the $29 million property tax levy aimed primarily at keeping library and parks department services at their current levels. Some of the dollars raised will also continue funding local social services.
Unofficial preliminary results for Measure 2-123, the City Livability Services Local Option Levy: Passed by a vote of 7,657 to 2,949, or 72.20 percent to 27.80 percent.
This local option levy replaces the current levy of $0.82 per $1,000 of assessed property value, as well as a general obligation bond tax levy of $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value, which both expire June 30, 2019. The new local option tax levy of $1.07 continues the same total rate, and continues funding livability services and programs beginning July 1, 2019.
10.606 votes were cast for the City Livability Levy. Countywide, 57,875 folks are registered to vote, and 16,035 cast a ballot. Total turnout was 27.71 percent.
Notably, Brandy Fortson, becomes the first non-binary person nationally to win a school board seat – they ran unopposed for position 6 on the Corvallis School Board.