'No' vote group in Iowa City says bond is too big and will take too long to pay off

Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 2:43 PM CDT
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A group has formed in Iowa City against the school district bond vote slated for September.

The $191.5 million bond is proposed to fund projects such as adding air-conditioning at schools across the district, outdoor athletics facilities at the new Liberty High School.

The Vote No September 12 committee has several issues with the proposed bond. One of the group's volunteers says the bond involves too much money over too many years.

"Their enrollment projections have moved around a lot so I think a much more reasonable plan would be hey let's build for 10 years of growth, let's see where we are in five years and then if we need to come back for more money, we can do it then" said Adam Sullivan, a volunteer with Vote No September 12.

The vote is September 12th. School district officials have said the $191.5 million spending request is the largest of its kind on record in Iowa. They estimate that the measure would cost taxpayers an extra 98 cents, or less, for $1,000 of taxable property.