Bonds

Desert Hills Middle School

Desert Hills Middle School opened in 1977 and has never had a significant remodel. The multi-building school sat on a 19.5-acre site— the smallest of all of the middle schools. The Desert Hills campus had infrastructure issues with sewer/storm drainage, electrical, HVAC, and the foundation that made it necessary to replace it with a new building.

The School Board decided to relocate Desert Hills Middle School to a new site adjacent to Clodfelter Road that provides improved vehicle access, more field space for sports and activities and improved security. 

Students remained in the current Desert Hills building while the new school was built. The old school was used by students of Chinook Middle School until the middle of the 2016-17 school year until their new building near Southridge Boulevard and 27th Avenue opened. View more on the project page.


Location: 1701 S. Clodfelter Road
Square Feet: 110,400
Spaces: 37 classrooms, two gyms, fitness lab, library, cafeteria, orchestra and band rooms, flexible performance spaces, five computer labs, and sports fields
Estimated Project Cost: $40,665,000



Middle School First Floor           Middle School Second Floor


Sage Crest Elementary School

Location: 6411 W. 38th Ave.
Square Feet: 56,490
Spaces: 26 classrooms, gym, cafeteria, library, music room, computer lab, two reading rooms, and playground
Estimated Project Cost: $19,465,000

View more details on the project page.

Note: Utilizes same design as the new Eastgate Elementary building


Chinook Middle School

Location: 4891 W. 27th Ave.
Square Feet: 110,400
Spaces: 37 classrooms, two gyms, fitness lab, library, cafeteria, orchestra and band rooms, flexible performance spaces, five computer labs, and sports fields
Estimated Project Cost: $40,070,000

View more details on the project page.

Note: Utilizes same design as new Desert Hills Middle School building


New Westgate Elementary

One of the smallest elementary schools, Westgate was built in 1952 and was upgraded in 1982. Westgate Elementary has infrastructure issues with sewer/storm drainage, electrical, HVAC, and roofing that make it necessary to replace it with a new building. View more details on the project page

Location: Same site
Square Feet: 60,500
Spaces: 30 classrooms, gym, cafeteria, library, music room, computer lab, two reading rooms, and playground
Estimated Project Cost: $18,415,000

Note: Uses a new design that will fit the building site


New Elementary #16

Location: 18 Rachel Road, Richland
Square Feet: 76,664
Spaces: 38 classrooms, gym, cafeteria, library, music room, computer lab, two reading rooms, and playground
Estimated Project Cost: $20,007,378

View more details on the project page.

Note: Utilizes same design as the new Eastgate Elementary building


Other health, safety, educational & infrastructure improvements

 Roofing: Horse Heaven Hills & Park $1,500,000 
 HVAC: Southridge, Horse Heaven Hills & Vista $3,500,000 
 IT Network $2,500,000 
 Land: Future High School $2,750,000 
 Land: Future Elementary School $750,000 
 Pre Kennewick High School Design $3,000,000 
 Bond Costs/Fees $600,000 
 TOTAL $14,600,000 

Estimated Project Costs 

 Elementary & Middle School Projects $141,500,000 
 Other Capital Projects $14,600,000 
 Projected State Matching Dollars ($66,600,000) 
 TOTAL BOND AMOUNT $89,500,000 

Projected Tax Rate Increase

The estimated 2016 tax rate increase would be 22 cents more per $1,000 of assessed property value than the 2015 rate – or less than $4 per month on a $200,000 home.


Annual
Tax Increase


Annual
Tax Increase


Monthly
Tax Increase

$100,000 $22 $1.83
$150,000 $33 $2.75
$200,000 $44 $3.67
$250,000 $55 $4.58


Note: The term of the bond is 20 years.


Total Combined Bond Tax Rates

Kennewick voters are still paying for the 20-year bond that was passed in 2009. The bond debt is structured to decrease over time so that there is not a significant increase when the district asks voters to approve a new bond. Listed below is the total combined tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed property value that includes both the remaining 2009 and estimated 2015 bond amounts.

Actual 2014 $1.50
Actual 2015 $1.55
Actual 2016 $1.70
Actual 2017 $1.61

Estimated 2016 Tax Rate

Increase Over 2015

$0.13
Total Interest Cost $42.3M
Final Maturity 2034


NOTE: If the bond does not pass, the bond rate falls to ~ .60 in 2016.

ASSUMPTIONS: Apply $5.0M of PILT fund towards debt service 2016 payment. Property Assessed Value Growth of 2.0% per year. Interest Rate: 4.47%


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