Bennington Schools Bond Proposal


The Wording

PROPOSITION

“Shall Douglas County School District 0059 (Bennington Public Schools), in the State of Nebraska, issue the bonds of said District in the principal amount of not to exceed One Hundred Nineteen Million Dollars ($119,000,000) for the purpose of paying the costs of constructing, acquiring and improving District facilities, which shall include a new high school building and related facilities, providing for necessary furniture, technology, and apparatus for such building, facilities, and additions; said bonds to be issued from time to time as may be determined by the Board of Education, to bear interest at a rate or rates to be determined by the Board of Education and to become due at such time or times as may be fixed by the Board of Education; and

“Shall the District cause to be levied and collected annually a special levy of taxes against all the taxable property in said District sufficient in rate and amount to pay the interest and principal of said bonds as the same become due?”

(   )  FOR said bonds and tax
(   )  AGAINST said bonds and tax

NOTE:  This is a mail-in only election.  Douglas and Washington Counties are scheduled to start mailing ballots February 20, 2024.  The ballots must be returned in dropboxes, to the Douglas Election Office/Washington County Clerk, or mailed in time for the March 12, 2024, 5pm deadline.  More details including location of dropboxes available here.

Our Explanation

Main Issues:  overcrowding, reduction of extracurricular and elective class opportunities, decrease of opportunity to participate in team sports and other activities.

District's solution:  either $119 million bond (down from the $153 million voted down in 2022) or the construction of modular classrooms, which the district believes will not solve many of the issues.

Other suggested solutions from those who oppose the bond:

- schedule modifications,    - a “micro-school,”     - expansion of school choice,     - the establishment of relationships with businesses to provide internships and classrooms,     - coordination with Metropolitan Community College, and     - greater participation in community sports

Money:

New individual cost to taxpayer:  $147 per year, or $12.25 per month, on a $300,000 home.   Old cost to taxpayer - still paying on previous bonds at indebtedness of over $173 million.

Information:

For information from the district:  2024 Bond Issue - Bennington Public Schools (benningtonschools.org)

For information from those who oppose:  www.stopthespendbennington.info 

For a detailed summary of the above websites and other sources:  See BLOG.