CEDAR CITY Voters Tuesday will decide on Iron County School District's $38.5 million bond referendum.
The bond money would be spent on four projects. Three would come immediately while the fourth would be a new elementary school sometime in the future, according to Kent Peterson, Iron County district business administrator.
"We think it's very fiscally responsible," Peterson said.
If the bond passes, there would be no increase in taxes. If it fails, the average homeowner would see about $75 less in taxes, according to Iron County district.
The main goal is to meet the demands of enrollment growth and keep up the existing buildings instead of having to build new ones in the future when costs are even higher, Peterson said.
The Utah Taxpayers Association on Friday endorsed Iron County district's bond proposal.
"Iron County School District has significant and growing infrastructure needs, and they've brought a very responsible proposal to the voters," said Royce Van Tassell, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association. "That's why we are endorsing this proposed bond."
The Utah Taxpayers Association is a nonprofit membership organization representing thousands of individuals and businesses across the state.
The school district anticipates 2 percent annual growth in student enrollment over the next decade. In addition, it has some of the oldest school buildings in the state, Van Tassel said.
The first project, estimated at costing $10 million, is for a remodel and addition at Cedar City High School, constructed in 1964. School enrollment is increasing by 35 to 50 students each year, Peterson said.
The addition will include classrooms, as well as new offices for counselors and administrators. The project also includes a ground-source heating and cooling system that will also be used for the existing auditorium. The system is supposed to save 50 percent over the current alternatives in energy costs, he said.
The second project, at about $10 million, is to rebuild part of Parowan High School, which contains grades seven through 12. The school was built in 1929 with additions in 1968 and 1995. The old core of the structure has ADA issues, as well as fire safety problems, Peterson said.The third project, at approximately $1.5 million, is to add a computer lab and three classrooms to East Elementary School. The school was built in 1950 and also needs some electrical work, Peterson said.