PROPOSAL REJECTED: Voters Deny Proposal

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Tuesday, the Johnston school district voters rejected a $51 million bond levy proposal that would have gone toward a new $83 million high school.  Project organizers also planned to fund the project with sales tax and physical plant and equipment levy funds. 

The Des Moines Register reports that initial unofficial results report that the bond received only 55 percent approval out of more than 4,800 votes.  The proposal needed 60 percent to pass. 

The school board will discuss the project again and it could be brought up in another special election in six months. 

The new high school is all part of a proposed $122.3 million plan to remodel Johnston High School to accommodate eighth and ninth-grade students, remodel the eighth and ninth-grade building to accommodate elementary students and a preschool program and remodel the Wallace Elementary School for district uses.. 

The bond issue would have increased the tax rate to 99 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation.  The last tax increase was eight years ago.