BOND REFERENDUM: Saydel And Van Meter Ask For Voter Support

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On Tuesday, voters in Polk and Dallas County will head to the polls to vote on bond referendums for their residing districts.

Van Meter voters were at the polls last September when they turned down a similar bond referendum to what the district is proposing Tuesday.

Superintendent Deron Durflinger says the district isn’t giving up.

“We have to meet our student’s needs today. That’s what we’re trying to do with these changes,” said Durflinger.

Administrators are asking for $7.8 million dollars over twenty years.

The plan would add classrooms and learning space to the second floor and allow for a new front entrance.

Like any loan, interest will have to be paid.

Durflinger adds investing now will save tax-payers money in the future.

“This is an ideal time with interest rates being at a record low. With us being able to drop our overall tax rate, it seems like an ideal time for voters to support it,” Durflinger told Channel 13 News.

Saydel Schools also have school improvements on their mind.

“The entire experience for kids will be improved if this referendum passes,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent of Saydel Community Schools.

The district hopes to upgrade their athletic facilities, technology, and will address security through a renovation.

“We’ll make the front entrance more secure by moving the front offices to the front of the building,” said Buck.

It will cost tax-payers about $7.9 million dollars over twenty years but like Van Meter, administrators say voting “yes” will reduce property tax rates.

“We believe now is the time to be seeking money in the bond market,” said Dr. Buck.