Pasco School District Bond Measure (April 2011)
This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $59 million in order to build a new middle and elementary school as well as a new early learning center for the district. School officials noted increased class sizes and high enrollment as the reasons for the need of the new schools and were hoping that educational meetings would help inform residents of the needs. If this measure had been approved, it would have added $.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value to the current tax rate in the district.
The main group behind this effort, Pasco Citizens for Better Schools, urged the city council to support this measure noting the needs of the district especially with the increase in population. If this had been approved, the state was expected to offer $50 million in matching money to help with the new school construction.
- See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2011
Election results as of May 17, 2011:
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|The Board of Directors of Pasco School District No. 1 adopted Resolution No. 814 concerning a proposition to finance construction and improvement of school facilities. This proposition would authorize the District to construct a new elementary school, a new middle school and a new West Side Early Learning Center, acquire land, make capital improvements to Stevens and Livingston Schools, relocate New Horizons, provide additional classrooms District-wide, and make health, safety and infrastructure improvements; issue no more than $59,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 814.|
The Tri-City Herald had issued an endorsement for this measure noting that the tax increase is marginal compared to the benefit which would come from the bond money and the assistance to students who would learn better with smaller classes.
- KNDO News, "Pasco School District hosting school bond information meetings," February 10, 2011
- KEPR TV 19 News, "Last Chance to Ask Questions About Pasco School Bond Issue," March 30, 2011
- The News Tribune, "Council asked to support bond," March 29, 2011
- Franklin County Elections, Current Election Results
- Franklin County Elections, Onine Voter's Guide (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Tri-City Herald, "Pass school bond and keep Pasco a great place to live," April 5, 2011