Community Approves District #7’s Zero-Tax-Rate-Increase Bond Proposal

District #7 voters gave their support to the district’s bond proposal on the April 4 election ballot. The bond proposal is a $100 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue, which will fund projects at every school in D7, including addressing identified facility needs, essential safety and security upgrades and other identified critical maintenance needs and provide an improved learning environment for D7 students. Approval of the bond issue will not increase the district’s bond and interest property tax levy. 

“We thank the District #7 community for getting out to vote,” said Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton. “We are proud to be in a community that has strong pride in its schools. Improving our school buildings now will benefit many future generations of students and homeowners, while helping to protect the financial future of our district.” 

In the coming weeks, D7 will begin planning for and scheduling projects in the bond issue.   

“It’s important to note that due to the size of this bond issue, it will likely take five or six years to complete all items on the project lists,” said Shelton. “Top priority projects will be completed first and then, secondary projects will begin. The proposed bond issue addresses identified needs for the district, however, the list could possibly be modified due to changing financial conditions. With today’s economy, the district will be diligent to protect the taxpayer’s investment while completing the identified projects in the bond issue proposal.” 

Unofficial results from the election showed 64.52% voting in favor of the proposal. A 50% majority was required for the measure to pass.

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