Prosser School District Bond Measure (February 2011)

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A Prosser School District Bond Measure was on the February 8, 2011 ballot in the Prosser school district area which is in both Benton and Klickitat Counties.

This measure was defeated because it did not reach the 60 percent super majority needed to pass.

  • YES 1,909 (56.58%)
  • NO 1,465 (43.42%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $41.4 million in order to help build a new high school for the district.[2] School officials noted that it was not feasible to just renovate the current facility since it would have cost much more than just to build a new one. On average, homeowners would have seen an increase of $1.13 per $1,000 of assessed property value on their property tax bills if this bond is approved.[3] The school was originally built in 1936 to hold up to 500 students, currently more than 900 are enrolled at the school. School officials noted also that although it was tougher to ask for more money now, there may not be a better time to get good interest rates and secure additional state money for the project. Any investment for the future is a good one, as noted by some residents who were in support of the bond measure.[4]