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  • Writer's pictureDerek Bratton

$138 million school bond fails at ballot box

By now, you may have heard about the recent failure of School Bond 24-486 at the ballot box. The proposed bond would cost taxpayers $138 million,

"The district estimates the $138 million bond, if passed, will cost property owners in the Silver Falls School District an additional $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed property value," according to the Silver Falls School District website.

After speaking with several individuals who voted against the bond, it became clear that there were a few common concerns among them.

First and foremost, many residents agreed that Silverton needs a new middle school. The current one needs to be updated and more modern, making it difficult for students to learn and teachers to teach effectively. Additionally, the safety and security of our students is a top priority, and many recognized that improvements were necessary.

However, the main reason for voting against the bond was a lack of trust in the school district ability to manage those funds. Many felt that giving the district a "blank check" would not ensure responsible use of funds, and there was a fear that the remaining funds would not be used efficiently.

This sentiment highlights the importance of transparency and communication between the school district and community members. It is crucial for the district to address these concerns and provide a clear plan for how the $138 million bond funds will be utilized. This can help rebuild trust and garner support from residents in future endeavors.

Overall, it is evident that while there is a shared understanding of the need for a new middle school and improved security measures, it is essential for the school district to address concerns and work towards regaining the trust of the community.

This failure at the ballot box serves as a lesson for future bond proposals and emphasizes the importance of open communication and accountability. So, both parties must work together to improve the education system and, ultimately, our students. The future success of our community relies on a solid and supportive relationship between the school district and its residents.

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