$179 million bond measure coming to Nov. ballot to rebuild GJHS

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The District 51 board has voted to send a bond measure to voters this fall.

After a survey sent out by the school district in May received mostly positive responses, the plan to rebuild Grand Junction High School continued. Monday night, the board approved a resolution to put a question on the November ballot, asking for $179.5 million.

That money would rebuild GJHS and pay for other projects, like security improvements, at Central, Fruita Monument and Palisade.

The latest estimate for the cost of all those projects was $189 million. That's about $10 million more than the school district is asking for. They said the 2017 bond measure included about $5 million for repairs to GJHS that won't be needed if this year’s measure passes. Another $5 million will come from currently unallocated money and interest, according to D51.

The school district says the Grand Junction High School building only has five years left in its lifespan, so they have to act now.

"Each year we wait, it's gonna add 6% to the total cost of the project. So, as a board, we have to say how can we be most prudent, and really be sensitive to the taxpayer. And we know that now is probably the best opportunity we have to get these projects done at the price we can get done," Tom Parrish, President, D51 Board of Education said.

If the measure passes, it would increase property taxes, within D51 boundaries, by $6.67 per month on a $300,000 house, according to the school district.

Election Day is November 5.