RICHLAND, Wash. - It's been over a decade since the Richland School District has put a bond on the ballot. Tuesday night the school board approved a resolution that will place a $98 million bond issue on the February ballot. It's the largest bond in the district's history.
School Board President Rick Jansons said they've had months of community input and are asking for the lowest possible bond rate they can get by with. The district looks to make $130 million worth of improvements, addressing overcrowding and health and safety issues.
"We've had power outages, major ones at two of our elementary schools in the last two days," said Jansons. "A few months ago we had a leak in the foundation at Marcus Whitman Elementary which would be replaced with this bond and that flooded some of the classrooms."
The improvement projects include building two new schools and making safety improvements at Fran Rish Stadium.
The bond would be a property tax increase of about 34 cents per $1,000 meaning yearly taxes would go up about $68 for a $200,000 home.