Rockford School District Bond Measure (November 2012)

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A Rockford School District Bond Measure was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the Rockford school district area which is in Winnebago County.

This measure seeks to issue a bond in the amount of $80 million in order to help pay for repairs to the current school buildings and build new facilities as needed. If approved the property tax rate would remain the same in the district. School officials note that school buildings are in need of repair and maintenance and that this bond is critical to the district. Though specific projects have not been listed for the proposed bond money, school officials stated that repairs would be included and a new school facility could be built.[1]

Local trade unions in the school district area have shown their support for this bond, noting that a fair amount of jobs would be created with this project leading to growth. Though a specific number on how many jobs would be created has not been stated, estimates of around 1,300 new jobs have been given by the school. An impact analysis is planned by the school to assess how many job would be created if the bond were approved.[2]