Voters in the Ferndale and Lynden school districts have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, to return ballots in a special bond election to overhaul schools in both districts.
Ferndale is seeking approval for a $125 million bond to rebuild Ferndale High School, remodel a home for Windward High School and build a new maintenance and transportation center. The bond would increase property taxes by up to $1.72 per $1,000 of a home's assessed value, meaning the owner of a home valued at $250,000 would pay an additional $430 in property taxes each year if it passes.
Lynden's $46 million bond would rebuild Fisher Elementary School and Lynden Middle School. If it is approved, the 20-year bond would increase property taxes for a home assessed at $250,000 by about $440 per year.
Both bonds need approval by 60 percent of voters. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 11. Ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the following locations: Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main St.; Lynden Public Library, 216 4th St.; the south parking lot at the county courthouse on Grand Avenue; and the Auditor's Office, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 103, Bellingham.
Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.