Ridgefield School District Bond Measure (February 2012)
This measure was approved
- YES 2,775 (64.84%)
- NO 1,505 (35.16%)
This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $47 million in order to pay for new school classrooms, athletic facilities in the district as well as traffic flow improvement measures throughout the district. School officials noted the need to help with overcrowding though some noted that not all the items listed seem essential for the school district, such as new gymnasiums and turf on school fields. Since it was approved, an additional levy of $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value will be added to local property taxes.
Officials noted that if the bond measure did not get approved, it would put Ridgefield students at a disadvantage in the county as well as hinder business growth in the city. Cities are trying to get new businesses in order to help with the recession and the quality of schools in the area does factor into the company's decision. Strong school also help get and keep good teachers in the district which also help students.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|The Board of Directors approved Resolution No. 2011-2012-001 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the District to construct and modernize classrooms, support and athletic facilities, make safety and site improvements to South Ridge and Union Ridge Elementaries, View Ridge Middle and Ridgefield High Schools, and make other capital improvements; to issue $47,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 20 years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution #2011-2012-001.Should this proposition be approved?|
The Building Industry Association of Clark County voted to endorse this measure because it would add classrooms to the schools and improve student safety and is also will cost less than the previous attempt by the school.
Those in favor of the measure noted that while it was never a good time to ask for more money, this was about the kids of the district and their needs and the future of all the students. An issue against the measure was that it was placed on a special election ballot rather than on the November ballot, adding to the cost for the taxpayers.
- Clark County Elections, February Election Results
- The Columbian, "Ridgefield schools chief says bond's passage a must," December 7, 2011
- The Columbian, "School bond could influence growth," December 23, 2011
- Clark County Elections, February Sample Ballot
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Columbian, "Building association backs Ridgefield school bond proposal," December 19, 2011
- The Columbian, "Ridgefield voters to decide school bond," January 23, 2012