Springfield schools may ask voters for $60M

Springfield schools may ask voters for $60M

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Voters in the Springfield School District may face a $60 million bond question on the November ballot.

The school board held a community forum to discuss the proposal. A formal vote on whether to place the measure on the Nov. 5 ballot is scheduled for August 26.

Of the total, $37 million would go towards replacing Hamlin Middle School. District officials said the current, 56-year-old building is past the point of a remodel.

“Hamlin Middle School is a large part of that consideration as well as creating classroom space for a full day kindergarten program,” Ashbridge said.

The measure makes plans to expand classroom space at four elementary schools to accommodate full-day kindergarten in 2015. 

The balance would also upgrade technology and make other improvement across the district.

The preliminary proposal calls for 41 cents of property tax per $1,000 of taxable valuation. For a home assessed at $150,000, the annual cost would be $62.

Springfield-resident Richard White said he’d like to see would like to see the full impact of the measure.

"(To) see how much it would increase property taxes … but I generally vote in favor of new school bond initiatives," said White.

Assessed value and real market value are different. Typically, homes have a lower assessed value due to voter-approved property tax restrictions.

The board is expected to make a decision on August 26.