Walla Walla, Wash., Public Schools' Community Task Force has again launched an online survey to gather public opinion of the two school bond options.

Green Park School in Walla Walla, Wash.
Green Park School in Walla Walla, Wash. Jon Roanhaus [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Results, as well as feedback from community presentations, school tours and public meetings, will help the Task Force form a recommendation to the School Board in April.

The Board will make a final decision in May as to which bond option will be presented to voters on the November ballot.

Both options help fund major renovations to Walla Walla and Lincoln high schools, and to Pioneer Middle School, as well as paying for smaller projects at the district's elementary schools and Garrison Middle School.

Funds also are earmarked for additions to all campuses that include increased security camera coverage and improved communication infrastructure and fencing.

District officials say both options would replace a current bond set to expire. The first option, a bond package of $65.6 million, would leave the current bond tax rate as-is, at approximately $1.23 per $1,000 in assessed value. The second, a bond of $73.9 million, would increase the tax rate by $0.15, to about $1.38 per $1,000 in assessed value. Both options are eligible for nearly $53 million in Washington state matching funds.

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