Breaking down bond measures
It's hard to imagine opposing any of the five bond measures that will face Sherwood voters, given the importance of each issue: education, law enforcement, open space, libraries and fire safety.
It's not hard for me to imagine...
Nonetheless, there is a financial reality many voters will face. The combined impact of the five bond measures, if each passed, would be $2.86 per $1000 of assessed value on a home. The average assessed value of a home in Washington County stands at $192,000, meaning the average homeowner stands to shell out an extra $550 total for all five measures.
For those of us who don't get a step raise, merit raise and cost of living raise all at once this is a big deal. While we are asked for more taxe money, no wait sorry, it's a "bond" not a tax, the folks who spend our money continue to fund things like:
needle exchange programs, the Percent for Public Art Program, the Diversity Development and Coordinating Council, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and the Oregon Harm Reduction Program for Injection Drug Users.
We already give them enough money, it's not our fault they spend it on garbage.