April 30, 2009 · Updated 4:42 PM
disappointed, but will try bond again
failure of the bond issue. Because of the enthusiastic support of many people, we truly believed this bond had a chance for passage. We acknowledge times are tough, with the economy in general, the mill closure and Boeing layoffs in particular, making this choice a tough one. We also acknowledge that it is exceedingly difficult to completely understand, discuss in detail and then fully digest the many complicated issues of such a large project in the short time frame that voters had.
This bond will be brought back before the voters again, as delay is really not an option. It will be up to the school district to determine what the next bond will entail. We understand some of the issues raised were not adequately addressed, as even apparently some voters were thinking this bond was going to cost an additional $5.50 per thousand (not the initial $.83 projected). The reason for moving J.J. Elementary was a complicated one, yet not many came to the tour of the facility set up to answer the community's questions. We hope to hear more from the community as to what specific elements of the bond measure were most troubling for voters, and both of us welcome your comments.
However, we strongly believe the bond market existing today provides a wonderful opportunity to save substantial funds in undertaking the task of modernizing our school facilities. There is a strong commitment in our community that good school facilities are critical to our children's education, and the Committee to Support the Issues will continue to work on a solution to this commitment. For the many, many individuals who worked hard on this campaign, we dearly appreciate your efforts and thank you for your support.
Mike Runland and Trip Hart, co-chairs
Support the Issues