Voters join state in approving Measure 29

Hood River County voters gave Measure 29 even higher scores than the rest of the state Tuesday.

The county’s unofficial results show 2,108 yes votes to 1,369 no in Hood River County, or a 59.58 to 40.41 percent margin, according to Lee Shissler, county elections coordinator. The near 60-40 split in Hood River County compares to the 55 percent yes vote statewide.

Hood River County turnout was 32.4 percent. Shissler said his office is still processing “a dozen or so ballots” that could still be challenged because of unclear signatures. Turnout was running at around 22 percent a week ago in Hood River County.

“We had quite a few in the ballot drop. There were some last minute returns,” Shissler said.

Measure 29 is the statewide ballot question regarding refinancing the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Measure 29 will amend the Oregon Constitution to authorize the State of Oregon to sell general obligation bonds to finance the pension liabilities of the state at a lower cost to the state and to pay costs of issuing and incurring indebtedness. The measure authorizes the Legislative Assembly to enact implementing legislation. The measure limits the amount of indebtedness outstanding at any time to one percent of the real market value of property in the state.

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