Election Results: Voters Reject Lane Co. Vehicle Registration Fee & Benton Co. GMO Ban

May 19, 2015

Updated 12:30am Wednesday, May 20

In the May 19 special election, Lane County voters soundly rejected a proposed $35 vehicle registration fee. It failed 66% -33%.

Lane County Commission Board Chair Jay Bozieviech issued the following statement regarding the failure of the vehicle registration fee:

"We appreciate the thoughtful evaluation that Lane County voters gave this important issue. Our goal from the start of this conversation has been to articulate the facts and give voters a choice. We know that we have more work to do to partner with our residents to achieve greater local control. We need a balanced approach that includes stabilizing our expenses and identifying appropriate local revenue to support critical local services."

Eugene School Board:

In the race for Eugene School Board, Eileen Nittler was elected to  Position 4 with 67% of the vote.

Jim Torrey appears to have enough votes to keep his seat, beating out challenger Kevin Cronin 58%-31.99%.  David Nickles received 9.45% of the votes.

Incumbent Mary Walston is leading her challenger Colin Farnsworth, 55.5%-43.7%.  Alicia Hayes ran unopposed.

Lane County Election Results

2-89 Benton County - Prohibits genetically engineered organisms       
           Votes      Percentage       
No    16,556    72.53%       
Yes    6,270    27.47%    

Benton County Election Results

Other local measures:

20-232 Marcola School District   - Bonds for School Construction
            Votes     Percentage       
Yes    406     55.46%       
No       326         44.54%      

21-163 Pacific Communities Health District - General obligation bond up to $57 million for new hospital in Newport       
           Votes     Percentage       
Yes    3,056    50.77%       
No    2,963     49.23%    

10-136 City of Reedsport - Tax on the sale of marijuana       
           Votes   Percentage       
Yes    516      75%       
No       172         25%    

20-230 City of Westfir - Adopt a new charter       
           Votes   Percentage       
Yes    42     76.36%       
No        13         23.64%    
 
21-159 City of Yachats -   Charter amendment removing restrictions on city purchase and sale of real property.
           Votes    Percentage       
Yes    160    56.54%       
No       123       43.46%