Selah School District Bond Measure (February 2012)

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A Selah School District Bond Measure was on the February 14, 2012 ballot in the Selah school district area which is in Kittitas and Yakima Counties.

This measure was approved

  • YES 2,954 (65.83%)Approveda
  • NO 1,533 (34.17%)[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $30.5 million in order to pay for a new junior high building, expand the current high school and convert office spaces into classrooms for the district.[2] Since it was approved, this bond will not raise the current property tax rate but instead would continue the current rate as the previous bond will be paid off in 2013. This was the third time the school asked for bond money in the past year, the 2011 versions though would have cost the district more and would have raised the property taxes for residents.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Directors of Selah School District No. 119 adopted Resolution No. 24-11 concerning a proposition to finance construction and improvement of school facilities. This proposition would authorize the District to construct a new junior high school (Grades 6-8) to replace Selah Junior High School, expand Selah High School to accommodate the addition of 9th Grade, convert existing offices in Sunset building into classroom space and demolish select buildings at Lince Elementary; issue no more than $30,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 25 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 24-11.[4]