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Bond Vote Set For Sept. 11

The Linn-Mar Board of Education has accepted petition signatures asking the board to call for a September 11, 2018 election on a proposed bond issue to build two 5th-6th grade intermediate schools.

The referendum is part of the district’s 10-year facilities master plan to strategically address existing and long-term capacity issues in the rapidly growing district. Enrollment at the school district has increased from 5,267 to nearly 7,800 students since 2005. Several of the district’s middle and elementary schools are near or over capacity as a result of the sustained growth.

If the $55 million general obligation bond is approved by a 60 percent majority of voters, the property tax rate would increase $0.65 on every $1,000 of taxable value. The increase equates to approximately $5.91 a month in additional property taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home.

In addition to constructing two intermediate schools, the district will restructure to a new grade format — PK/K-4; 5-6; 7-8; and 9-12 — for the 2020-21 school year.

The district’s long-term plans are dependent upon continued growth in the district, economic conditions in the community, and additional variables — such as the extension of the SAVE fund — that dictate the district’s timeline.

Community meetings will be held to explain the facilities plan and vote before the Sept. 11 referendum. The district’s website also will be updated regularly with information pertinent to the general obligation bond vote and the district’s 10-year plan.

Please send questions about the bond to vote@linnmar.k12.ia.us