Shaping the future of East Metrothrough economic advocacy.
The East Metro Economic Alliance Board of Directors has voted to support the $291.17 million school bond proposed by Gresham/Barlow School District on the November, 2016 ballot. We feel this is an important strategic investment and has the full support of our organization from both those in education and in industry.
The cost to taxpayers of this bond is estimated at $1.89 per thousand of assessed property value. According to Multnomah County, the average assessed value of a home in the school district is approximately $200,000. An individual with a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would pay an additional $31.50 a month.
The East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and public agencies working together to shape the future of East Metro through economic advocacy. EMEA brings together leaders from East Portland, Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, and Wood Village to build consensus and promote action on issues vital to the economic development and livability of the region. One of the areas we identify as essential to economic vitality in our region is Education & Workforce Development. In fact, we advocate for “programs which develop a more efficient, integrated method of preparing skilled workers to the employers who need them.” After review, we have concluded this bond to be a prudent investment in our region.
This bond will result in even greater educational performance of our students and make our region more attractive for investments. It will also lower the cost per student of operating 17 schools in the Gresham/Barlow School District. With Gresham/Barlow School District’s record of improving graduation rates at a hiring rate of improvement than the state average, the East Metro Economic Alliance views this bond as a sound investment and it receives our full endorsement.
Visit http://www.gresham.k12.or.us/ for more information on the Gresham/Barlow School Bond.
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East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030