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School bond has Bellingham weighing options

School bond has Bellingham weighing options

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Voters in the Bellingham School District are being asked to pay for school improvements by increasing property taxes.

A $160 million school bond on the ballot would pay for building repairs and upgrades, as well as new facilities for Options High School, Sehome High School, and Happy Valley Elementary.

Mark Peterson, a member of a citizen advisory panel, says Options students have been in portables for 20 years and they need a real building.

Play Mark Peterson on school bond

Bellingham resident, David Marshak says he doesn’t think Sehome High School should be rebuilt at this time.

Play David Marshak on Sehome High School

If the bond is approved, owners of a $200,000 home would see their property taxes go up about $98 next year.

The bond tax rate would continue to decrease each year after that.