The real impact of Measure 5


There's been a resurgence of interest in the effects of Measure 5, the property tax cap measure that is widely credited with defunding Oregon's schools.

Measure 5 was passed in 1990, and was proposed as a property tax cap and limit. Proponents of this measure failed to mention that the policy would also severely cut public school funding while shifting decisions from local officials to state lawmakers. With limited funds and far-removed politicians making decisions how to use them, school funding has faced troubling trends in the ensuing decades.

Measure 5 led to other, property tax cap policies, further hindering Oregon's education funding. And so while there were many factors  and policies that exacerbated the school funding problem, it’s telling that teachers, parents, students, and education advocates saw a clear shift in school funding beginning with Measure 5.

Measure 5 had real, direct, and negative impacts on schools' abilities. Straight from the source:

Measure 5: Impact on Oregon's K-12 Schools from Our Oregon on Vimeo.

We're in a real crisis, and it needs fixing. In fact, fixing Oregon's K-12 education system is, in all likelihood, the most important priority in front of today's state government.

We could start by reigning in tax breaks for corporations and redirecting those funds to schools. (And we have the opportunity to vote on that exact measure this November in Ballot Measure 85.) But we're going to need to do more. It took more than one election to create -- which means it's going to take more than one election to get out of it.


Broken System. Switch to vouchers, so we can each select the school of our choice. I feel strongly about this and I voted against measure 5 in 1990. I believe that those who own property need to pay a higher share of taxes. School vouchers give parents more control of how their taxes are used for education.

People who own property do not need to pay higher taxes..that makes no sense, just because somone decides to buy a house they should pay more than the person renting one??? And also if your a renter and the person who owns your house has to pay more taxes...who do you think is going to pay?? I'm guessing the renter when the rent mysteriously goes up.

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