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Parks and schools supporters will be ecstatic over their big election night wins.

Voters handily approved the Portland Parks & Recreation bond and renewed the Portland Public Schools levy Tuesday night. The parks bond, Measure 25-159, won by a margin of 71 percent to 28 percent.

The measure will authorize up to $68 million in general obligation bonds to make repairs and improvements at closed or deficient play areas, structures and other parks sites across teh city.

The bond will be subject to an oversight committee, annual reports, and audits.

Meanwhile, the PPS local option levy, Measure 26-161, saw victory by a margin of 68 percent to 31 percent.

Called the "Teachers' levy" by supporters, the measure fixes a loophole created in 2011, when voters approved the current levy to fund about 600 teachers in PPS.

Each year since then, about $7.5 million did not go to schools but to urban renewal, because of a loophole in the levy. The new restored levy, spearheaded by Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey and Rep. Margaret Doherty, fixes that loophole.

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