Voters last week approved a $66.6 million bond package for Sedgwick County Unified School District 260 with 75% in favor of the plan to build a new middle school and renovate existing facilities.

The election was the first bond proposal since 1999.

Approval will require an increase in the property tax of 3.4 mills. The annual tax on home assessed at $100,000 will go up $39 a year.

The district, which serves the Kansas City suburb of Derby, will build a new middle school for $32.5 million. Renovations at the existing middle school will cost $11 million.

Other projects include $3.4 million for central kitchen expansion, $6.6 million of elementary school renovation, and $6.3 million of roof repairs to various facilities.

Larry Gould, co-chairman of a citizens group that supported the bond plan, was pleased with the high level of support.

"The people in Derby have recognized the need and stepped up to plate," Gould said "It was a very strong turnout and a very strong 'yes' vote."

The Derby district has no outstanding rated debt.

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