My prediction about gas taxes was wrong -- sort of.
I was convinced that all three would go down in defeat by a huge margin, and I was right about two of them.
Redmond: 73.8% No. That's about as big as a margin gets.
Madras: 67.6% No. Not as large, but a landslide by most measures.
What happened in Sisters? Well, a grand total of 316 people voted Yes, but that was enough to pass. I figure some major networking went on among the supporters, and it overcame the ennui of the rest of the voters....
Still, if Bend was thinking about doing the same thing, I think the message is pretty clear.
Don't know how I'd vote. I'm still perturbed by the money wasted on Juniper Ridge. BAT was mishandled. Regardless of the merits, I'm thinking there needs to be some accountability.
On the other hand, I think that waste and inefficiency are built into any bureaucracy, and it's the LAST to get cut, and it's like trying to get at the fat by cutting all the muscle first. So I often vote for tax measures despite my doubts. I don't want Bend to turn into a California suburb.
But I think in this case, it would be just be a waste of everyone's time and energy to even put it on the ballot.
My guess is, the results would more nearly approach the 73.8% fail in Redmond than the 107 vote margin in Sisters....
As far as the jobless rate is concerned -- I think that only the comparison with the same month last year is really valid. And it's worse.