BELLINGHAM - Voters have decided to raise property taxes in Bellingham to build new schools and fix up others, according to updated vote counts released Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The $160 million bond had 64 percent "yes" votes in the latest count and needed 60 percent support to pass. It also needed a turnout of 21,902 and by Wednesday had surpassed that requirement to make it valid.
Taxpayers will see the current bond tax rate of 90 cents per $1,000 of assessed value jump to $1.39 per $1,000 in 2014. The rate will decrease over the next few years, settling at $1.16 in 2019.
The money will go toward rebuilding Sehome High School and Happy Valley Elementary, building a new Options/Innovations High School, renovating other schools and the district office, replacing grass fields at the high schools with year-round turf and other projects. Details can be found at bellinghamschools.org/bond.
The Web address for the bond information was corrected Nov. 7, 2013.