Moses Lake School District Bond Measure (February 2012)

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A Moses Lake School District Bond Measure was on the February 14, 2012 ballot in the Moses Lake school district area which is in Grant County.

This measure was defeated because it did not get the 60% super majority needed to pass.

  • YES 3,719 (50.23%)
  • NO 3,685 (49.77%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $115 million in order to pay for a new high school in the district as well as two new elementary schools. If this had been approved, a levy addition of $2.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value would have been added to the local property tax rate in order to pay for the bond. School officials cited over crowding issues as the reason for needing these new schools for the district.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Directors of Moses Lake School District No. 161 adopted Resolution No. 2011-10 concerning a proposition to finance construction, modernization and improvement of schools. This proposition would authorize the District to construct a new high school and two new elementary schools, modernize Moses Lake High School, make technology improvements and upgrades at all schools, make health, safety/security, educational and athletic improvements to school facilities, and acquire land; issue no more than $115,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2011-10.[3][4]