OGDEN -- No members of the general public spoke out against the Weber School District's proposed $65 million bond Monday night. And no one spoke in favor of the bond either.
The public hearing was not attended by any members of the general public.
"There's been very little public input," said Jeff Stephens, Weber School District superintendent. "I've made more than 40 presentations to various groups, and the response has been very positive."
The bond, which goes to voters June 26 in conjunction with the general primary election, proposes funding for use in new school construction, remodeling and renovation projects, and furnishings. The money may not be used for operational costs.
Schools replaced would be West Weber Elementary (built in 1928); Wahlquist Junior High (1942); North Park Elementary (1959); Marlon Hills Elementary (1960); and Club Heights Elementary (1942). Marlon and Club Heights would be consolidated.
Buildings identified for renovations are Rocky Mountain Junior High (a 10-classroom addition); North Ogden Junior High (gymnasium and cafeteria expansion); and other smaller construction projects throughout the district.
The 2012 bond follows a 2006 bond for other projects. Stephens said a key to public acceptance of the bond seems to be that the new bond would not increase the tax rate, although without the new bond, taxes potentially could have gone down with the retirement of the 2006 debt.
According to bond information on the district's website, www.weber.k12.ut.us, property tax will remain the same, but the ballot will show a $37 increase on a $193,000 residence, which also would be the increase if the district were not restructuring current debt.
With borrowing and construction costs at a low for recent years, it makes sense to take care of the districts' school needs now, Stephens has said.
Nate Taggart, district spokesman, said his only concern about the apparent public acceptance of the proposed bond is the potential for voter apathy.
"We'd like to encourage people to turn out and vote," Taggart said. "Mountain Green had a bond a few years back that failed by three votes. We're experiencing great support and so far, so good, but we'd really like to ask people to vote."