Levy fails for Bowling Green schools

Sergio Conner
November 8, 2017

Mesa County voters were favoring a sales-tax increase to pay for more prosecutors and sheriff's deputies and a School District 51 property-tax increase and bond issue, according to early returns this evening. "The passing of the renewal levy allows the district to continue operations without any interruption, and allows students to keep learning and excelling". The plan would have financed the bond on a 22 year scale, but the school district would not have begun paying principal on the bond issue for nine years. The vote total was 8,793 to 4,123.

School officials said the bond was needed to build a new high school and accommodate growth in the Kamas-based district.

About 54 percent of voters rejected the 37-year, $71.9 million levy. Almost 49% of registered voters cast ballots.

The second question in the referendum asked for money to help operate the school over the next five years. He also noted that school districts around the state were successful in their levy and bond measures.

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Jacobus speculated that districts' message about the difficulty of funding schools "has really sunk in" and people are seeing that there is accuracy in schools' position.

Voters shot that measure down by a margin of 41 to 59 percent after the vast majority of ballots were counted as of 7:20 p.m Tuesday.

"We really feel lucky to serve them and to serve their kids", he said.

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