SERGEANT BLUFF – Voters have rejected Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s fifth attempt to pass a measure to improve school facilities.
The physical plant and equipment did not get a majority vote with 49 percent approval.
Superintendent Rod Earleywine said it was “very disappointing”, but because it was such a close vote, but said “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
According to the Woodbury Country Elections Office, 796 people – or 50% – voted against the SB-L proposal while 766 people – or 49% – voted to approve it. Because this is a PPEL, the school only needed a majority vote to be approved. The administration is asked for the maximum authorized withdrawal of $ 1.34 per $ 1,000 of valuation assessed for 10 years. This would raise $ 12.3 million, the smallest amount requested so far.
The majority of the funding, around $ 10 million, would have been used to modernize and renovate the high school. Earleywine said the plan was a small and rudimentary plan.
“The city needs to understand that we need to dramatically improve our facilities,” he said.
The last attempt was in September 2019 for $ 33 million to build a new elementary school and a sports complex. The vote received 39 percent approval.
The district first attempted to issue a $ 45 million bond issue in September 2015 to build a new high school and sports complex. It only received 44% approval. In April 2016, the sports complex was pulled from the $ 39 million bond proposal, which also failed with a 45% vote in favor of the bond issuance.
The third attempt was in December 2018 for $ 62 million for a new high school and sports complex, as well as renovations to the college and only received a 48% approval.
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