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Kennewick School District Hoping To Pass 68 Million Dollar Bond For Schools

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick School District Leaders are hoping a 68 million dollar bond will pass so they can build another elementary school and fix problems at several other schools.  

Sunset View Elementary School is 28 years old and school district leaders said there are a number of problems that desperately need to be fixed, including old pipes that are constantly causing problems.

Other schools that need work done are Canyon View, Cascade, Lincoln, and Southgate.

School leaders want to build a new elementary school in the Badger Canyon area and say overcrowding is a serious problem throughout the Kennewick School District.

And despite the bad economy school leaders hope this bond will pass.

Kennewick School District Director of Communication and Public Relations Lorraine Cooper said, "It would be good for people to keep in mind that good schools are good for the property value.  Also interest rates are at historic lows so that's a very good time for us to be out and getting contracts and bids for this kind of work."

She also said the work would stimulate the local economy.

They are asking for is a 30 cent increase per 1,000 dollars of property value, so for a home worth 200,000 dollars it would be an increase of five dollars a month.

And the property tax increase would happen in the year 2010.