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Gurnee School District Bond Measure (November 2010)

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A Gurnee School District Bond Measure measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the Gurnee school district area which is in Lake County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 3,766 (63.45%)Approveda
  • NO 2,169 (36.55%)[1]

This measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $28.5 million in order to help pay for the construction of a new school in Wadsworth. The current school location is prone to flooding and moving the school rather than continuing repairs is seen as the best long term solution.[2] Since this was approved, the measure will not increase local taxes because the taxing rate for the current bond would just be extended. The district was also stressing that if the bond was approved federal funding will still be available to pay for a part of the bond amount.[3]

At a public meeting about the bond, a taxpayer watchdog group stated that proponents were lying when they said the taxes would not increase for residents. Opponents noted that while initially there may be a tax break, over the long run taxpayers would end up paying more because the debt would be extended. Proponents countered that they were not hiding the fact that it will cost more later, but the school was needed now and the best time to start building is now when rates are low.[4]

Recent contributions to the campaigning include engineering companies trying to get the measure passed, one donated $1,000 towards the campaign and another also gave $1,000. The proponent campaign had received $4,055 in donated funds for their campaign with around $2,500 coming from the teachers union.[5]