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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Bond issue votes Tuesday

By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 26, 2014
Artist’s drawing of what the new auditorium will look like when built onto the Washington High School.

Residents in the Washington Community School District (WCSD) and the Mid-Prairie Community School District will have a chance to vote on two proposed bonds for those districts on April 1.
In the Washington Community School District the proposed bond is $1.1 million for an auditorium to be built at Washington High School.
WCSD superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said if the bond is passed next Tuesday, taxes would not increase.
“Our tax rate for last year was $14.64 [per $1,000 valuation],” Jorgensen said. “At our meeting in April [when the school’s budget hearing will be held] the proposed tax rate would be $14.05. The bond is asking for 40 cents, which would put it at $14.45, so the taxes will either be 19 cents less or 59 cents less. It’s important for people to know taxes will decrease regardless.”
The proposed auditorium would seat 698 people sloping downward to the stage, have handicap-accessible seating for wheelchairs and meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, contain a balcony in the rear, and a full fly gallery, which would allow for curtains to be raised and scenery to be stored, according to a press release from the committee for the new high school auditorium.
Voting for the bond issue will take place at the Washington County Courthouse in Washington and at the Brighton Community Center from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said.
Members of the Mid-Prairie Community School District will vote on a $10.6 million bond next Tuesday.
Currently, the property tax levy for the Mid-Prairie Community School District is $11.91, and if the bond is passed it would bring the rate to $12.40, which is an increase of 60 cents, said a press release from the Mid-Prairie Community School District.
Some of the projects the bond would cover include installing a geothermal heating and cooling system at the middle school, installing air conditioning at Washington Township Elementary, and adding an additional preschool classroom at Kalona Elementary School.
The school district requested polls for their bond vote to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Widmer said. Locations for voting will be in West Chester at the Heritage Building, in Wellman at the Wellman Parkside YMCA, and in Kalona at city hall.
The unofficial results from the bond votes will be released that evening and will be canvassed by the Washington County Supervisors the following week, Widmer said.

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