Iron County School District Seeks $75 Million Bond; Promises “Tax Neutral”
The Iron County School District is seeking voter approval to issue general obligation bonds of up to $75.465 million. The school board voted unanimously for the bond resolution during their meeting on Tuesday, August 24th. That action will place the referendum on the general election ballot this November.
In a press release, the school district states that proceeds from these bonds could only be used for building, at that by law could only be used for capital projects. With nearly 13,000 students the district says they can “no longer identify itself as a small district.” The board is proposing a variety of new projects.
New Elementary School
If the bond is passed the district would almost immediately begin the construction process for a tenth elementary school. That school would be built in an area described by the board as “growing area” within the district. The new school wild be 65,000 to 75,000 square feet.
Dedicated Building For Alternative Education Programs
Passage of the bond would also allow the district to build a dedicated structure for Alternative Programs. The building would house Launch High School and Southwest Education Academy along with other alternative programs. No location has yet to be specified for this building.
Canyon View High School Addition
Canyon View High School would receive an addition on passage of the bond. Nine new classrooms along with a separate weight room, dance studio and wrestling room would be added at Canyon View, bringing the capacity of that high school more in line with Cedar High.
Playground And Football Field Improvements
ADA compliant playgrounds at all elementary schools, along with artificial turf installed on the football field of the three district high schools would also be realized with the passage of the bond issue.
The school district has said that voters will not see a tax increase if the bond is passed. Because the district will be retiring some older bonds, passing this bond would keep the tax rates where they are for 2023-2024. It should be noted, however, that passing the bond would likely eliminate a scheduled tax decrease.
Voting on the bond will be on November 21st. You can get more detailed information about the proposed bond by clicking here.