BEND, OR -- The only statewide ballot measure to pass in Tuesday's election is M102, which allows non-government entities to sell affordable housing bonds. Measures to repeal the state's sanctuary status, ban taxes on groceries and prohibit the use of public funds for abortions all went down to defeat.
Most local measures suffered the same fate. In a very close race, the Redmond School bond was failing, as of early Wednesday. Despite passing in Deschutes County, 11,112 to 10,869, the 1,253 "no" votes from Jefferson County were enough to defeat the measure by just 410 votes. A portion of Crooked River Ranch, in Jefferson County, lies inside the Redmond School District.
The five-year levy for the Jefferson County Jail was also defeated, by a 25.5% margin.
Sisters voted not to allow recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries inside the city; however, the measure to impose a tax on pot sales, if they’re allowed, received overwhelming approval. Culver’s ban on pot dispensaries holds on by just three votes.
Crooked River Ranch approved its levy for more emergency services and Crook County voters agreed to continue the Bowman Museum four-year operating levy, but voters in La Pine handily defeated the Parks and Rec bond, 68% to 32%.