Bond Rate – Town Hall Meeting Report

March 20, 2010

We had nearly fifty people in attendance at our Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 18. The final rate on our bonds came in significantly lower than the $1.90 per thousand of assessed value as had been projected. The first year rate will only be $1.72, with the rate dropping to $1.60 for the remainder of the bond.

We also heard from Catherine Mater, from OSU who shared some of the ideas that are developing around Vernonia’s future as a direct result of the community stepping up and passing the bond. She is a Senior Fellow with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and has submitted an application for a grant to use Vernonia as a pilot program in becoming a “Living Laboratory for Rural Sustainability.” As a district we will be working closely with many partners to determine ways that we can enhance our K-12 natural resources curriculum, provide outdoor classroom opportunities, and collaborate with the Oregon University System in establishing a Natural Resource Center at the new site.

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