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Lyndon School District Bond Measure (May 2011)

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A Lyndon School District Bond Measure was on the May 17, 2011 ballot in the Lyndon school district area which is in Whatcom County.

This measure was defeated as it did not reach the 60% super majority needed to pass

  • YES 2,939 (53.98%)
  • NO 2,506 (46.02%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $33 million in order to help build a new middle school and renovating the current middle school facility.[2] This as the second attempt by the school district to get this bond passed, the previous vote in February failed. The bond was slightly different than previously asked, the renovations for the high school previously proposed were not included in this bond measure. Though board members still believed that the high school needs renovation, it was the least of the proposed measures which needed attention.[3] The board did not want to reduce the bond anymore as the middle school has serious structural problems, originally built in 1936 and has not seen major upgrades since then. School officials also noted that if this is defeated, the schools will still need upgrades and future bonds could end up costing more as interest rates increase.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Directors of Lynden School District No. 504 adopted Resolution No. 18-11 concerning this proposition for bonds. The proposition authorizes the District to replace Lynden Middle School, replace and modernize portions of Fisher Elementary School, and refund certain outstanding bonds, the proceeds of which were used to acquire land; to issue $32,800,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum of 20 years; and collect excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution #18-11.[5][6]