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Forest Grove School District Bond Measure (November 2010)

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A Forest Grove School District Bond Measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the Forest Grove school district which is in Washington County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 5,638 (53.49%)Approveda
  • NO 4,903 (46.51%)[1]

Only Forest Grove was able to pass a construction bond during the November election in the state for schools which means the school will get $20 million in interest free loans from the state. Plans for the new K-4th grade school building have been brought forth and construction will begin early April 2011.[2]

Background

This measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $65.3 million in order to help pay for various construction projects in the district. The school board had not finalized which projects will be covered under the bond, but expansions to a high school and the building of a new elementary school were the main projects being seriously considered. Renovations to all the schools in the district though will be funded with this money.[3] Board members stated that the reasons they voted for this bond proposal was because of the needs presented by the schools. Since it was approved, a property tax of $1.35 per $1,000 of assessed value will be implemented to pay for the bond. School officials were hoping that because this tax would be less than the previous bond tax, voters will be more likely to approve it.[4]

The group Yes for Kids was advocating this measure, made up of parents and grandparents of school children they hope to spread the message of how important this bond is for the school district. They cited poor facilities and the strong need for a new school building as the main purpose of the bond. By setting up meetings, they hoped to educate other residents about the bond and allow for a more informed vote in November. A significant drop in state funding was also seen as a good reason to ask for a bond, even though economic times are hard for residents.[5] The group was also stressing the fact that these bonds will be interest free, meaning the district will save about $15 million over the course of repayment. The value of the bond should be a deciding factor for residents. Promoting safer schools, if new buildings are built, was also a focus of the group.[6]

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