Kingsland referendum fails

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Spring Valley Tribune

A May 8 referendum on a bond issue to construct a performing arts center and gymnasium at the Kingsland school in Spring Valley failed with 619 voters, or 55 percent, opposed and 507 votes in favor.

The Kingsland School Board is scheduled to meet tonight (Wednesday) to officially canvass the results of the election.

The results for the $8.2 million project were closer than in 2016 when the district held a referendum on a $13.72 project to construct a gymnasium and performing arts center as well as an alterative learning center and early childhood center. That measure voted on during the general election in November was defeated with 1,837, or 69.3 percent, voting against. Another referendum question asking to approve new authorization of $760 per pupil revenue for education was also defeated in 2016 with 63.1 percent of the 2,644 voters opposed.

District officials had already stated that if the 2018 referendum failed, the district would construct a shell of a multi-purpose building using non-voter approved lease levy revenue for a $1.5 million project. This building would have a drastically different use and size as it is projected to be just slightly larger than two or three classrooms.

It also doesn’t qualify for the 40 percent Ag2School Tax Credit for farms in contrast to the referendum project, which did qualify. The 20-year lease levy is expected to increase taxes on a $100,000 home $14.23 per year.

In addition, the district had already announced plans for another non-voter indoor air quality project costing $9.3 million, which would increase taxes on a $100,000 home by $47.29 per year. This project will qualify for the Ag2School Tax Credit on farm acreage.

The project will include asbestos abatement, mechanical equipment replacement to provide efficiency, dehumidification and temperature control, lighting upgrades in the 1957 portion of the building and restroom upgrades to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act in the 1957 portion of the building.

The district has already set the 2018-19 calendar with an Aug. 20 start date so the school year can end early for work to take place in the summer of 2019.