MACRD levy passes, CRR levy goes down
Compared to statewide ballot returns of 29.9 percent, a much higher percentage of Jefferson County voters returned their ballots for the Nov. 7 special election, approving one levy and turning down another.
Voters in the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District approved a five-year renewal of the district's operating levy by a vote of 1,793 yes to 826 no.
"The voters made a major statement with a near 40 percent margin of victory," said Joe McHaney, executive director of the MACRD. "Recreation can be a very big part of our small communities and people are seeing that and what we do at the MACRD is becoming a part of people's life's and I think the voters didn't want to see that go away."
Overall, 68.5 percent voted for the $0.40 per $1,000 general operations levy, while 31.5 percent voted against it — more than a 2-1 margin. The levy represents a continuation of the current amount that district residents are paying.
"I'm just so excited for our community, and I'm very excited for our employees because their hard work is paying off," McHaney said. "Our mission is not over. We roll up our sleeves and we get after it because five years goes by quickly."
At Crooked River Ranch, a measure that would have created an enhanced law enforcement district failed by a wide margin. A total of 1,729 people voted against the measure, while only 290 voted for it — 85.6 percent no to 14.4 percent yes.
The measure would have formed the law enforcement district at a cost of $0.95 per $1,000, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, to fund two full-time deputies, who would have worked out of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.