Hillsboro bond: No extra money, 12 new buildings

Ballot already in mail for November 7 election

Tim Becker and KOIN 6 News Staff - HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) -- Hillsboro voters are deciding whether to approve more than $400 million to build several new schools and make improvements across the district. The interesting thing about this bond is that inside the Voters Pamphlet there are no arguments against the bond and plenty in favor.

That's due in large part to the fact that Measure 34-278 is only asking voters to continue paying the current tax rate that they've been doing for years -- about $560 a year for a $250,000 home.

That adds up to $408 million over the length of the bond. Just over $175 million will go to new construction, including 3 new elementary schools and 8 new stand-alone gyms.

Right now, some elementary schools have what they like to call cafe gymatoriums -- a combination lunch room, gym and auditorium.

Close to $90 million will go to infrastructure improvements and more than $68 million will go to safety and seismic upgrades that benefit the entire community.

"At the new gyms we're building, which there will be 8 of them and a new kitchen cafeteria and 3 new schools, all of those will be built to a seismic standard of immediate occupancy," said Beth Graser with the Hillsboro School District. "In the event of a large scale earthquake, it would allow those buildings to be

re-occupied and potentially used as a community shelter."

If the bond passes next Tuesday, the proposed projects would be completed in the next 5 years. In all, 12 new buildings are in the plan.


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