Linn-Mar $55 million bond issue vote set for Tuesday

Published: Sep. 11, 2018 at 3:33 AM CDT
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Several districts want to hear a "yes" from voters on Tuesday on various bond issues in special elections.

In the Linn-Mar Community School District leaders are trying to pass a $55 million dollar bond issue vote to pay for two new schools.

They say if this bond issue passes today, it'll help some of the overcrowding at nine of its schools especially Indian Creek, Oak Ridge Middle, and Bowman Woods Elementary School.

School leaders say there has been a lot of growth in Marion over the last 12 years.

The school district itself has grown by 2,200 students, meaning each year they have seen at least 150 new students entering the district.

"It's all related to new residents coming into the community. You look anywhere around Marion, whether it's Alburnett Road or on the eastern half of the district out by Highway 13, new houses coming up, new neighborhoods coming up. We have new businesses opening up in the community," says Matthew May the Communication Coordinator with the Linn-Mar Community School District.

Bowman Woods Elementary School is already at 104 percent of its capacity according to school district leaders.

The lunchroom is too small for the number of students to fit comfortably inside to eat.

That is why district leaders say the plan is to move all the 5th-grade students out of this school and the other elementary schools and into one of the two new proposed schools.

Those schools would only be for 5th and 6th-grade students.

May says if the bond passes those who live in the Linn-Mar Community School District can expect a small tax increase.

"The owner of a home accessed of a value of $200,000 would pay $5.76 a month, per $1,000 of taxable valuation, it is 65 cents for the tax rate," May said.

In order for the bond vote to pass, it'll require a supermajority of 60 percent plus one.

If it passes, Bowman Woods Elementary School would gain at least four new classroom spaces, since 100 of their 5th graders would move out of the building and into the new schools.

If the bond issue doesn't pass, district leaders say they'll have to look at things like larger class sizes or more portable classrooms.

The two new 5th and 6th-grade intermediate buildings would open in the 2020 school year.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Below is a list of polling areas:

Marion Christian Church: 1050 McGowan Blvd, Marion

Noelridge Christian Church: 7111 C Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Marion Columbus Club: 5650 Kacena Ave, Marion

Christ Community Church: 3000 Alburnett Rd, Marion

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection: 3500 29th Ave, Marion

First Baptist Church of Marion: 1260 29th St, Marion