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Benton County Voters Reject Jail Bond Measure

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Voters in Benton County have rejected a bond measure to build a new jail. In Tuesday's special election, 52.44% of voters said no to the county's proposal. 47.56 said yes.

Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn said Tuesday night they're disappointed by the outcome.

Osborne: "The commissioners are going to have to evaluate the results. Figure out what their strategy is going to be and move forward based on that. The fact of the matter remains that Benton County's jail situation hasn't changed at all."

The 40-bed jail was built nearly 40 years ago. Officials have said the building is deteriorating and the layout is unsafe for staff. Opponents of the bond measure felt it was an unnecessary expense for one of the safest counties in the nation.

Update: 9:49 pm

The funding measure to build a new jail for Benton County appears to be failing by a vote of 52.42% NO and 47.58% YES.

BENTON COUNTY, OREGON            Unofficial Returns
Run Date:11/03/15     Special Election
RUN TIME:09:49 PM     November 3, 2015

 

                                                                                 VOTES   PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 24) .  .  .  .  .        24         100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .    48,645
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .    21,315
           BALLOTS CAST - BLANK.  .  .  .  .  .  .        11                         .05
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .                          43.82
           VOTER TURNOUT - BLANK  .  .  .  .  .  .                               .02

          2-91  County Measure
          Bonds to Construct Jail

          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    10,133   47.58
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    11,166   52.42
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    21,299
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        15

          2-90  City of Philomath
          Proposed Hartz Annexation

          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       792   65.24
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       422   34.76
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,214
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        20

          2-92  Chinook Drive Road District
          Renew 5yr Local Option Tax

          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        81   77.88
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        23   22.12
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       104
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0

Anticipated Final Unofficial Election night returns should be available by 10:30PM tonight.

Update 9:35 pm  Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn says they are eargerly awaiting the release of updated election results at 9:45 pm. He says there are about 3,000 ballots left to count. The jail funding measure is trailing slightly.

8:05 pm

Benton County voters appear to be rejecting a proposal to pay for a new jail to replace the one in Corvallis.

SUMMARY REPORT        BENTON COUNTY, OREGON            Unofficial Returns
Run Date:11/03/15     Special Election
RUN TIME:08:00 PM     November 3, 2015

                                                                 VOTES             PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 24) .  .  .  .  . 24              100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  . 48,645
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  . .  19,162
           BALLOTS CAST - BLANK.  .  .  .  .  .  . 10                      .05
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  . 39.39
           VOTER TURNOUT - BLANK  .  .  .  .  .  .  .02

          2-91  County Measure
          Bonds to Construct Jail

           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     9,155   47.81
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     9,992   52.19
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    19,147
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         1
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        14

          2-90  City of Philomath
          Proposed Hartz Annexation

          
        Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       739   65.11

           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       396   34.89
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,135
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        17

          2-92  Chinook Drive Road District
          Renew 5yr Local Option Tax

           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        74   77.89
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        21   22.11
                   Total .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        95
              Over Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
             Under Votes .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
Anticipated subsequent update of unofficial election returns 9:45PM tonight.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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