Voters say ‘No’ to Polson School District bond measure
POLSON – Voters in the Polson School District last week rejected a two-bond measure that would have garnered a combined $61 million for the district’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Polson School District Superintendent Rex Weltz said the issues that needed to be addressed have not gone away, and it will be up to the school board to decide how to proceed. Weltz said, “the district looks forward to working with the community” to address the educational needs of the children.
The proposed 25-year elementary bond measure failed by a margin of 243 votes. A total of 1,690 “no” votes were counted to 1,447 “yes” votes, according to unofficial results released Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, by the Lake County Election Office.
According to information provided by the Polson School District, the $30,431,000 elementary school bond would have addressed infrastructure, roof, heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues along with critical safety improvements and additional space needs. If passed, the bond would have cost $179.76 annually or roughly an additional $15 a month for a home valued at $200,000.
The high school bond, which failed with 2,092 “no” votes to 1,370 “yes” votes, sought to raise $30,693,000 worth of funding for school security improvements, including a new science, technology, engineering, art and math center, an additional culinary arts space and would have enabled the district to expand its adult educational offerings. A large portion of the high school bond would have funded a 3,500-seat community center, providing additional space for community events, such as concerts and art fairs.