Voters to weigh in on PPS class size

Civic Affairs

Measure 26-207 is on the November special election ballot

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An upcoming vote for Multnomah County residents will have an impact on class sizes in Portland Public Schools.

Measure 26-207 will ask voters in the November special election if they want to keep paying an existing property tax that funds hundreds of teacher positions.

Multnomah County voters approved the levy in 2014. If it’s renewed, it will keep the tax levy at $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed home value for 5 years beginning in 2020.

The money pays for more than 800 teachers, about a third of whom are employed in Portland schools.

“This levy goes to fund educators in classrooms that bring our class sizes down; admittedly still large, but they are some of the smallest in the state — I am grateful to voters for that,” said Suzanne Cohen, the president of the Portland Association of Teachers.

School district leaders said there’s no doubt that without the levy, class sizes would grow.

There is no organized opposition fighting Measure 26-207.

Voters have until Tuesday, Nov. 5 to get their ballots to the county election’s office. There are dozens of ballot drop boxes around the city.

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