Beaverton Voters Approve $723M School Construction Bond
To pay for it, property taxes will increase by 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, resulting in a $709 school construction-related tax bill for the owner of the typical home, assessed at $303,000 . If voters had rejected the bonds, the tax rate would instead have fallen 41 cents per $1,000 , yielding a $509 tax bill for school construction debt on such a home.
Preliminary results as of 9:00 p.m. showed 53% of Beaverton School District voters approving the bond and 47% rejecting it.
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There was no organized opposition to the bond. Proponents raised $150,000 for brochures, online ads and other promotional efforts. Lead funders were Pacific Office Automation , at $25,000 , and Nike, with $20,000 . Three other donors — food company executive Patricia Reser , law firm Miller Nash and construction company Kirby Nagelhout — each gave $15,000 .
By far the largest outlay from the bond, $253 million , will be to build a new Beaverton High on the campus that is home to the school, which was built in 1916 and has been expanded many times over the years. It’s the only high school in the district with a seismic rating indicating it would be at risk of partial or full collapse during an earthquake, district officials say. It also needs $53 million worth of repairs, which the district now won’t have to pay for.
The next largest category of spending, $144 million , will go to what the district calls “deferred maintenance” — replacing aging heating and cooling systems and roofs and similar projects that it has put off.
Beaverton voters last were asked to approve a construction bond in 2014, and they did so by a vote of 52% to 48%. That measure asked for $680 million to build three new schools — Mountainside High , Tumwater Middle and Sato Elementary – and replace four other schools as well as carry out other smaller projects.
— Betsy Hammond ; email@example.com ; @chalkup
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