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Voters to decide on Selah's Facilities Bond in February

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SELAH, Wash. -- Voters in Selah will get the chance to decide in February on a nearly $40 million Facilities Bond for school improvement projects.

The Selah School Board approved the $39.95 million bond request Thursday night.

Selah School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Chestnut, said the bond would focus on "basic" facility needs. "Selah Junior High School needs to be replaced. This proposal would allow us to reduce the number of schools we operate from five to four. We believe that this will result in a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars," added Dr. Chestnut.

The high school and elementary schools would also receive improvements and upgrades if the bond is approved.

"We have lots of community support and intend to have many conversations with the community in the next six weeks, to help educate them about the need," said Chris Scacco, assistant superintendent at Selah School District.

Scacco said if the bond is approved, the District would receive $19.3 million in state match funds.

District leader estimate the tax rate will be $1.98 per $1,000 of assessed property value, with the bonds paid off in 21 years.

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