Washington School District Bond Measure (April 2012)

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A Washington School District Bond Measure was on the April 3, 2012 ballot in the Washington school district area which is in Franklin and St. Charles Counties.

This measure was defeated overall.
Franklin

  • YES 2,403 (44.97%)
  • NO 2,941 (55.03%)Defeatedd[1]

St. Charles

  • YES 197 (58.63%) Approveda
  • NO 139 (41.37%)[2]

This measure sought to issue a bond of $65 million as well as increase the property tax by a rate of $.46 per $100 of assessed property value in addition to the bond repayment in order to pay for new school construction projects, renovating facilities and equip school.[3]

The 353 Redevelopment Corporation had given its support behind this measure, noting that a good education system promotes development in the community. The construction would also have added jobs which also benefit the area.[4] The Washington Optimist Club and the Core Restructuring Committee had also endorsed this measure, noting that the bond would help with community growth and development. The Citizens for Great Schools Committee was the group behind promotion of this bond and had noted that they were glad for the endorsements and were hoping more groups will see the benefit of the bond for the community. The committee had held meetings and presentations about the bond in the effort to educate residents and groups about the bond and the school's needs.[5]

In order for the bond to be approved, a 57% approval vote is needed from residents. School officials have hosted informational meetings and are hopeful that residents will suppose the school's needs.[6]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the School District of Washington, Franklin County, Missouri Board of Education borrow money in the amount of $65 million for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, expanding, improving, furnishing and equipping schools sites, buildings and related school facilities for school purposes resulting in an estimated increase to the debt service property tax levy of $0.15 per $100 of assessed valuation in each of 2013 and 2014 and $0.16 in 2015 per $100 dollars of assessed valuation whereupon the adjusted debt service levy would stand at $0.75 per $100 assessed valuation of real and personal property in 2015?[7]

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