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Issaquah Reporter – March 25, 2016

Issaquah endorses $500 million school construction bond

by DANIEL NASH,  Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer 

Mar 24, 2016

A half-billion dollar capital projects bond measure to build and rebuild Issaquah schools has received its stamp of approval from the Issaquah School District’s namesake city.

The Issaquah City Council voted Monday night to endorse Proposition 1 in the April 26 special election.

The approval came following a public hearing for the school construction bond. The only Issaquah resident to speak was School Board member Lisa Callan, who thanked the council for their support.

If approved by voters, the bond will authorize $533.5 million to construct four new school campuses across all primary and secondary grade levels and rebuild or modernize several others.

The funds will come from general obligation bonds to be repaid through property taxes.

Councilmember Bill Ramos said he hoped all Issaquah voters would support the bond.

“My children are … out of the school system,” he said. “But schools are important for all of us. The schools that make our community make our future.”

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