A group of elementary students from Beaverton are learning that not everyone plays by the rules after signs they made supporting their school district were apparently stolen.
"It made me feel sad because I worked hard on the signs," said Gitanjali Valiyaveetil, a second-grader at Montclair Elementary School.
The signs ask drivers to vote yes on 34-204, which is a local option levy that would raise property taxes in the Beaverton School District to save teachers' jobs.
Two of signs went up Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Oleson Road and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, and by Thursday morning they were gone.
The signs have since been replaced with new ones and a note that says, "Stop. If you take this sign you are stealing from a little kid."
Jennie Armstrong, a parent of a fourth-grader at MontClair Elementary, said she got permission from property owners to place the signs near several busy intersections in Beaverton. She believes the two missing signs were stolen.
"We called the county, the state and the city to see if they picked them up, and they hadn't," said Armstrong.
Not everyone supports the levy.
The Beaverton School District said it would save teacher's jobs by raising an additional $15 million a year for five years. That means someone with a $233,000 home would pay an extra $24 a month in property taxes.
"I know political signs disappear, and I suspect someone who disagreed with what the signs said took them," said Armstrong. "But to take a little kid's property is a pretty mean thing to do."
Voters in the Beaverton School District will see the levy on the upcoming May 21 ballot.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said anyone caught stealing similar signs could be charged with criminal mischief or even theft.
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