Renton School District Bond Measure (April 2012)

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A Renton School District Bond Measure was on the April 17, 2012 ballot in the Renton school district area which is in King County.

This measure was defeated because it did not get the needed super majority to pass.

  • YES 8,898 (59.49%)
  • NO 6,060 (40.51%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $97 million in order to pay for a new junior high building as well as make renovations to the high school pool in the district. The school district had attempted this bond in February of this year, but it was defeated by a slim margin. School officials were hoping that residents would approve the bond this time around. Waiting for a later election date would have stalled possible construction for a further two years. A meeting held by school officials showed that many residents were confused about the proposed bond in February so they were hoping that better information this time will aid in the approval of the bond. If the measure had been approved, an increase of $.18 per $1,000 of assessed property value would have been added to the local property taxes for the duration of the bond.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Directors of Renton School District No. 403 approved a proposition for bonds. The proposition authorizes the District to construct a new middle school; renovate the Lindbergh pool; remodel, upgrade and improve existing school facilities, fields and play areas; improve energy conservation; acquire additional property and make other capital improvements; to issue $97,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 20 years, and levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution No. 10-11/12.[3][4]

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