Voters say yes to school bond / Davis district can now issue up to $250 million to build new schools

Nov 4 2009 - 1:34am

Davis School DistrictaEU(tm)s bond referendum was expected to pass with 90 percent of votes counted as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, with 18,580 casting favorable ballots and 11,422 voting against the bond.

aEUoeOne of the things we knew was going against us was the ballot language, which indicated there would be a tax increase,aEU Chris Williams, Davis School District spokesman, said about votes against the bond.

aEUoeBut we intend to keep our promise to not raise the tax rate.aEU

Voters in 15 cities and unincorporated areas of Davis County cast ballots on the bond proposal.

The favorable outcome will allow the school district to issue up to $250 million in new debt to both build new schools and provide upgrades to current schools.

aEUoeWe are pleased that people in Davis County continue to come out in support of education,aEU Williams said, aEUoeand we will seek to do what we said, which is to bring more classrooms onboard.aEU

Results wonaEU(tm)t be verified until the State Board of Education canvasses the vote during its regular meeting Nov. 17.

Property owners in Davis County have elected to pay back the debt through payments extended beyond 2023, when the current debt aEU" issued in 1997, 2002 and 2006 aEU" is scheduled to be retired.

Issuance of the bonds will pay for planned renovations at three schools, as well as construction of four new schools and a facility for special education.

District officials have said student population growth, about 1,000 new students per year, is a critical issue facing Davis schools.

Plans are to issue bonds to pay for a 10-classroom addition to Millcreek Elementary and a new junior high in Kaysville to alleviate crowding at Kaysville Junior High and other junior highs in central and northwest areas of the district.

The bond plan includes rebuilding the 64-year-old Wasatch Elementary, in Clearfield, which was not built to endure severe earthquake conditions.

A new 30-classroom school could be built and the old school torn down, officials have said.

Officials said the bond also calls for building elementary schools in West Point, west Layton and a targeted growth area that would be determined over time as new growth materializes.

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