Education

Lisbon voters say 'yes' to school bonds

$9 million will update classrooms, build track, auditorium

Lisbon Superintendent Pat Hocking last week describes plans for the new school’s athletic fields and track. School district voters on Tuesday authorized about $9 million to update the high school/middle school building and to build an auditorium and track. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Lisbon Superintendent Pat Hocking last week describes plans for the new school’s athletic fields and track. School district voters on Tuesday authorized about $9 million to update the high school/middle school building and to build an auditorium and track. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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LISBON — Voters in the Lisbon Community School District approved three bond measures Tuesday, clearing the way for updated classrooms, an auditorium and a track for the 650-student district.

“This community just invested in Lisbon,” Superintendent Pat Hocking said minutes after the Linn County Auditor’s Office published the election results.

“It’s pretty exciting. I’m very pleased and very thankful.”

Funding for the facilities projects, totaling about $9 million, was split into three ballot measures. All needed to win a supermajority of votes, at least 60 percent, to pass, and garnered between 72 and 80 percent approval.

“Wow, those are huge numbers,” Hocking said. “That’s a much higher percentage than I thought it would be.”

Almost 37 percent of the registered voters in the Lisbon school district — 842 people — cast ballots.

The first measure authorized the Lisbon school district to borrow $4.2 million to update classrooms in the building used by middle and high school students.

The second and third measures on the ballot together authorized the district to ask voters for an additional levy increase and asked for approval of a $5 million bond to build a track and an auditorium.

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The measures’ approvals will increase the district’s property tax levy to about $18.58 per $1,000 assessed valuation, according to the district.

For a home assessed at $150,000, the annual tax increase will be about $110, according to the district.

About 2,300 voters are registered to vote in the Lisbon school district, which includes areas of Linn, Cedar, Johnson and Jones counties.

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