D51 considers bond measure for GJHS

Published: May. 16, 2019 at 6:35 PM MDT
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Another tax increase for D51 could be on your ballot, as early as this November.

Friday is the last day you can fill out a short survey for the school district, and the big question is a $175 million bond measure to rebuild Grand Junction High School.

Most of the money would go to the new building. Other repairs and safety improvements make up that total as well. The bond would mean an increase of about $58 a year in property taxes, on a home valued at $200,000, according to School District 51.

“People might wonder, 'why didn’t you put all of this in the last one?' The problem was, that it would’ve cost probably twice what we were asking in the bond measure, it would’ve more than doubled the cost, it’s just been so long since we’ve been able to pass a bond measure in this community, that we really just wanted to get at least something passed," said Emily Shockley, District 51 Public Information Officer.

The school district says GJHS is old enough that remodels and repairs aren’t enough, and it just needs to be replaced.

They’ve got more than 5,000 responses so far, with over half of the responses in favor of a bond. The survey ends Friday at 4 p.m. D51 is asking everyone to take it, if you have kids in school or not. Find a link to the survey next to this article.

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