El Reno voters say no to new high school and school district renovation

Voters in the El Reno School District turned down $44.5 million in bond issues that would have built a new high school and renovated almost every other school in the district. The project would have increased property taxes by 6.6 percent.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2011

Voters in the El Reno School District turned down $44.5 million in bond issues that would have built a new high school and renovated almost every other school in the district.

The 12-year bond issue would have increased property taxes by an estimated 6.6 percent which is about is an increase of $66 on a tax bill that's typically $1,000.

Oklahoma school bonds require a 60 percent majority to pass. The first proposition, for the new school and almost all the renovations, failed with 51 percent of the voters voting in favor of the proposal. The final count was 990 votes for the bond issue and 946 against.

A second smaller bond issue for transportation and technology improvements in the district also failed with almost 52 percent of voters approving of the indebtedness.

Edmond bond passes

In Edmond, voters continued a streak of passing the last 54 consecutive school bond issues over the past 50 years.

Tuesday night they resoundingly approved the plan to construct a new elementary school and expand and renovate several others with about 73 percent approval. The $35.54 million in bond issues will not increase taxes because it replaces debts that have been paid off by the district.

“We have grown pretty dramatically, certainly in the last several years, and this year alone by over 670 students,” Edmond Superintendent David Goin said Tuesday after election results were in. “It will help us meet our growing capacity and it will also help us in implementing our full day kindergarten programs at other sites.”

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