Organizers: Passing Kennewick school's bond saves money long-term

Organizers: Passing Kennewick school's bond saves money long-term

Supporters of the bond up for vote in February say it would help them keep up with growing class-sizes and aging buildings.

They say they hope voters will approve the bond in a special-election happening in two months, on February 12, 2019.

In 1951, Harry S. Truman was serving as 33rd president of the United States.

It's also the year Kennewick high school's current building was completed, and district leaders say they'd like to replace it.

The bond, up for vote Feb. 12, 2019, would fund six building projects total.

  • Build a new Kennewick high school (opens 2021)
  • Add on to Kamiakin and Southridge high schools (opens 2021)
  • Second phase of the Amistad elementary currently being rebuilt (opens 2021)
  • Construct elementary #18 (opens 2022-2025)
  • Replace or remodel Ridge View elementary (opens 2024)

KSD Superintendent Dave Bond says changes in school funding mean levy taxes are falling faster than property taxes are rising.

He says their contractors are telling them now is the time to build, before the market changes.

"Kennewick High will not get any newer if we wait a year, it's only going to get older and the problems will intensify and the price will only go up," Bond said. "Our last two bonds have focused on elementary school and middle, so now we're turning our attention to our high schools."

Supporters of the bond say the new tax rate also means you can support the bond, even while paying less than you did in 2017.

Kennewick schools says the last school construction bond passed by voters was in 2015 for $89.5 million.

That measure financed the replacement of Desert Hills Middle School, the new Chinook Middle School, the new Sage Crest Elementary, the replacement of Westgate Elementary, and a portion of the new Amon Creek Elementary.

The local share of the bond is estimated around $125 million, though if the bond passes state construction assistance will cover an additional $104 million.For the numbers behind the claim, visit the district's explanation at Kennewick School Bond tax rate.

Supporters are hosting two meetings to explain the bond.

February Bond Community Meetings:

  • Where:
    - Kennewick Schools District building, 1000 West 4th Ave. in Kennewick
  • When:
    - Thursday, January 10, 7:30 to 8:30 am.
    - Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

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