JoAnne Hicks said it was the needs of her grandchildren that motivated her to vote in favor of the bond. She said the cost of the bond to taxpayers was certainly signficant, but ultimately it was a price she was willing to pay to improve education in the district.
"We have grandkids at West Jordan Middle, and we want a decent school," Hicks said. "Our kids are grown, but we still have grandkids we want to be educated."
Osborn said the bond's failure means that, at least for the time being, Jordan School District's classrooms will continue to struggle with overcrowding. He said the board will have to discuss what the next steps for the district will be, but he did not anticipate the district coming forward with a smaller bond proposal next year.
"I can't see it coming up again in the near future," he said. "I thought this would pass, so I could be wrong. I'm just sorry to see that it went the way it did."
In the Washington County School District, a $185 million bond for construction and remodeling projects was approved by voters. Washington County reported that vote totals stood at 54 percent in favor of the bond and 45 percent opposed.
Cache County School District proposed the $129 million bond for two new high schools and renovations to several older buildings. The bond would add a $165 annual tax to the average home, which is valued at $197,000, according to school district officials.
The district previously considered building a single new high school, but plans were changed to accommodate the north-south split caused by neighboring Logan School District after parents expressed concerns about long-distance busing.
In the Duchesne County School District, voters approved a $29 million bond for construction and remodeling by a margin of 67 percent to 33 percent, according to the Dee Miles, the district's business administrator. The bond election was conducted entirely by mail-in ballot, and Miles said some additional votes will likely arrive before final results are tallied.
"With that much of a spread, it shouldn’t change the results," he said.
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