Kennewick school bond ballots due back tomorrow

Ballots must be returned tomorrow.

Kennewick school administrators say they hope the weather doesn't stop people from returning their ballots for the school bond.

Ballots need to be returned tomorrow. They can either be mailed in or taken to the county auditor's office or to one of the election drop boxes by eight p.m. Over 14,000 people have already voted.

" We're basically averaging about 351 new kids a year,” said Kennewick School District Superintendent Dave Bond. “About half of those are elementary kids. An elementary school is 500 kids. Every three years we're growing an elementary school full of kids.”

He said if they don’t have the public support they will build portables and have students outside for classes.

A vote for the bond is a vote for a 30-cent tax for every $1,000 of the assessed property value.

For example, a $200,000 home owner would pay $60 a year.

The bond would open a new elementary school, replace a high school and two elementary schools and add additions to two other high schools.

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