Voters approve PPS school bond, arts tax, library district

Voters approve PPS school bond, arts tax, library district
Portlanders drop of ballots and line up for the voting booths one last time before voting closes at 8pm tonight. For general election information and voting locations, please visit http://web.multco.us/elections - 11/6 - (Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Voters gave a big thumbs up Tuesday to three tax measures to upgrade schools, provide a permanent funding source to the Multnomah County Library and get more teachers in the schools to teach arts and music.

Measure 26-144, the $482 million Portland Public Schools improvement bond, was passing with 65 percent of the vote late Tuesday. The money from the bond will be used to repair, upgrade and replace schools.

Measure 26-146 will fund arts and music teachers in Portland schools through a $35 per year income tax. It was passing 60 percent to 40 percent.

Measure 26-143 will create a permanent Multnomah County Library District by assessing up to $1.24 per $1,000 on property. It was also easily passing by 62 percent to 38 percent.

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