Woodland School District Bond Measure (April 2012)

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A Woodland School District Bond Measure was on the April 17, 2012 ballot in the Woodland school district area which is in Clark and Cowlitz Counties.

This measure was approved
Clark

  • YES 240 (65.04%)Approveda
  • NO 129 (34.96%)[1]

Cowlitz

  • YES 1,398 (63.14%)Approveda
  • NO 816 (36.86%)[2]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $52.8 million in order to build, furnish and equip a new high school, replace the elementary school gym and make safety and general upgrades to the schools as needed.[3]

This was the third time that the school district attempted to get this bond approved. School officials had stated that they were more optimistic this time and hoped residents would support the bond. The schools are overcrowded and new facilities are needed to ensure that students receive the education they deserve, school officials noted.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The Board of Directors approved Resolution No. 2553 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the District to construct and equip a new high school including athletic fields, stands, and a track, replace the gymnasium at Yale Elementary, and make modernization and safety improvements to elementary and middle school facilities; to issue $52,835,000 of general obligation bonds for this purpose, maturing within a maximum term of 25 years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution #2553. Should this proposition be approved?[5]

Support

The Woodland Chamber of Commerce, Woodland City Council and the Port of Woodland had given their support behind the measure, noting that the additions and improvements will meet the growing needs of the community. Since it was approved, a tax addition of $.96 per $1,000 of assessed value will be added to the current tax rate in the district.[6]

Supporters had also been stressing that because of low rates, the bond repayment costs will be lower than in previous year giving residents a good deal.[4]

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