An article referencing Portland in The News-Review on May 4, page B6, was titled, "Schools bond is $89 Million over budget just 1 year in."

Sutherlin and Oakland school bond voters pay heed. This is far more common than you may think. The Sutherlin school bond measure is based on a study/plan that tries to make a case for a new school using sensationalist tactics of earthquake/life safety/maintenance needs. These are all arguable and possibly valid points, even the statement that going in and out of the cold causes illness. The little guys are especially susceptible, as they tend to carry a lot of bugs parents end up with.

However, that being said, the point here is that an amount of over $42 millions is being requested from voters over a period of 30 years based on nothing more than an architect's opinion of what it might cost. From my experience, there is a lot more needed to fine tune those costs. A phased approach that would also allow voters to better predict the impact of this tax increase on their future, and further review this work under the CM/GC process of public building design and construction.

If the bond measure passes, there will be the need to watch the needs vs the "wants; appoint a project manager early in the design process that answers to an oversight committee comprised of school district/public/professional members of the community.

Continue to vote and may the force be with you.

Larry Spielbusch


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