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Posted on Feb 4, 2016

School bond ballots rolling in

Staff report

A total of 1,211 ballots in the Quincy School District bond election had been returned to Grant County election officials as of Wednesday morning.
That is more than 25 percent of the 4,210 district residents who received ballots. An elections office spokeswoman said it’s a good number of ballots to have back already.
The $108 million bond measure would provide upgrades or additions at every school in the district. If passed, it would cost property owners within the district’s boundaries $1.89 per $1,000 of assessed value. For example, the owner of a $200,000 house would pay $378 in the first year, with that amount declining over the years until the bond is fully paid.
Voters who return their ballots by mail must have them postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 9, the date of the special election. Ballots also can be dropped off at the courthouse or at the election drop-off box at the Quincy Public Library by the day of the election.
The proposal includes building a new Quincy High School and renovating the current high school for use as a sixth- through eighth-grade middle school. George Elementary School would get eight new classrooms, a gymnasium, lobby, bathrooms and more parking.
School infrastructure throughout the district would be improved, including boilers, roofs, heating and air conditioning equipment, safety and security measures, according to the school district.
Superintendent John Boyd says expanding facilities to accommodate enrollment increases in coming years is a critical part of the bond. The measure must get at least 60 percent yes votes to pass.

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