Two Park City school bonds do not pass by voters



Outlook staff writer


Both school bonds were turned down by Park City Voters in an extremely one sided decision on Tuesday. The $9.4 millions dollar bond would have provided new school buildings and facilities.

Park City voters mailed in all ballots for two school bonds on Sept. 27, to decide if the school system would receive the money needed to build a elementary and high school joint project. 

Park City school Supt. Dan Grabowska said the unofficial results had the high school district losing 486-297 and the elementary district losing 482-299. “It was basically very disappointing,” said Grabowska.

The project would been for the the construction of buildings on already-owned school property. 

The ballot was for two different bonds. The only way for the ballots to pass would have been if both bonds were voted for, if the  construction of the site were ever to begin.

The costs would have included the designing, constructing, equipping, and furnishing of a new school facility. 

The first bond would have been $3.7 million. The amenities would have included a new gymnasium and locker rooms, a kitchen and a commons area, administration offices and parking lots and other site improvements, including the costs with the sales of issuance bonds.

The second bond would have been in the upwards amount of a $5.6 million. This would have included new classrooms; amenities to serve both of the Districts, including a new gymnasium and locker rooms, a kitchen and a commons area, administrative offices, and a parking.

The reasoning behind the new facilities was the overcrowding and maintenance costs of the old buildings currently in existence. Currently Park City schools place the overflow of their students in three trailers. The new buildings would have combined both elementary and high school students into one building.

The market value of a $100,000 home would have a tax impact of around $89 for the high school district and $133 for the elementary district with a combined value of $222.

Superintendent Dan Grabowska was unnerved, but not surprised by the results, as the District did not pass a levy last spring to fix the current school building. “It’s very disappointing,” he said. “We have to reexamine the direction of the future.”

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