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Pasco School District Bond Measure (April 2011)

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A Pasco School District Bond Measure was on the April 26, 2011 ballot in the Pasco school district area which is in Franklin County. This measure was defeated

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Election results

See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2011

Election results as of May 17, 2011:[4]

  • YES 5,097 (48.47%)
  • NO 5,419 (51.53%)Defeatedd

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.[5][6]

Media endorsements

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.[7]

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