School Bond Effort Limits Donations from Architects

school crossingPortland – Those spearheading the Portland Public Schools $482 million bond campaign have set a limit on donations by firms that could financially benefit from campus construction and design work.

The cap for donations from architecture and design firms is capped at $1,000, reported The Oregonian.  Backers of the bond measure set the limit in an effort to avoid the conflict-of-interest charges that plagued a failed effort in May 2011 to pass a $548 million package, the newspaper reported.

This latest bond measure is set to go before voters for consideration in November, with the funds to be used to reconstruct four schools and upgrade dozens more.

A local levy that passed last year raised around $1.2 million.  Construction firms, unions, and others who could benefit from the bond measure directly provided contributions to help get it passed, the newspaper reported.

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Melanie Johnson, a Southern California based writer, works as an editor for an online media company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English (1997) from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree in journalism (1999) from Syracuse University. Melanie has worked the bulk of her 13-year career in newspapers, including stints at the San Bernardino Sun and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside. She has covered a wide variety of beats, including city government and education. She also has worked as a freelance writer and editor.

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