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November 25, 2014

2015 Bond Information

Investing in Kennewick's Future

Student enrollment in Kennewick schools has increased by more than 2,000 students during the past six years. There are now 119 portable classrooms surrounding our schools.

The good news is we have a plan. On February 10, 2015, Kennewick School District will ask voters to decide on a $89,500,000 bond measure to build two new middle schools, three new elementary schools, and make other district-wide health, safety, educational and infrastructure improvements.

Projects Overview

If the bond passes, the district would complete the following projects:

  • Replace Desert Hills Middle School with a new school on a site adjacent to Clodfelter Road (Opens fall 2016)
  • Build a new Elementary School #15 at the Sagecrest site (Opens fall 2016)
  • Build a new Middle School #5 at the intersection of 27th Avenue and Southridge Boulevard (Opens fall 2017)
  • Replace Westgate Elementary at its current site (Opens fall 2017)
  • Build a new Elementary School #16 at one of two sites to be determined (Opens fall 2018)
  • Complete additional projects including new roofing, and HVAC systems in existing older buildings, IT network upgrades, land for a future high school, land for a future elementary school, pre-Kennewick High School design work, and bond costs/fees.

Note: Completion of all items on the project list is dependent on receipt of state matching dollars. 

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

Tax Increase

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.

Ballots are due by February 10, 2015

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