Bond history: Turnouts low, approvals high

Kevin Wilson

Turnout generally runs low, and approval generally runs high.

At least, that’s been the recent pattern for school bond elections, leading up to today’s bond question.

A $16-million bond issue, if approved by voters, will pay for the district’s 20 percent match of a proposed new middle school and a new building for Lockwood Elementary School.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Heading into Tuesday’s vote, 362 votes are in as of Monday afternoon — 350 early and 12 absentee. That’s 1.9 percent of registered voters who can vote on the property tax bond.

County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said there are 18,059 voters eligible to cast ballots Tuesday.

In the last four bond elections, dating back to 1996, voter turnout has never reached 15 percent, and voter approval has never been less than 70 percent.

The bond would replace previously-existing bonds. If the bond fails, the estimated tax relief is $6 next year and $3.75 in 2012 on a $100,000 home. The bond would be paid off around eight to 17 years, depending on the market and what the district can negotiate.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.