Three school elections slated for Sept. 9

Solon, Cedar Rapids and Springville all on ballot

Friday marked the deadline for school district representatives in Linn County to file paperwork with the Auditor’s Office to get on the ballot for the Sept. 9 special election date.

As of Friday morning, two area districts are slated to go to voters in September:

•The Cedar Rapids Community School District will ask residents to approve an increase to the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, which funds transportation and facilities upgrades, for a decade beginning July 1, 2015. The current levy, which is set at a rate of 67 cents per $1,000 in taxable valuation, expires June 30, 2015. The ballot question asks to increase the levy to the legal voter-approved maximum of $1.34 per $1,000. A simple majority is needed to pass.

•The Springville Community School wDistrict is asking voters to approve a $7.22 million bond referendum to renovate Springville Elementary School, 602 Mill Ave., Springville. The ballot also will include a second question about imposing a levy, at a rate between $2.70 per $1,000 of taxable valuation and $4.05 of taxable valuation, to pay the bond issue. Bonds require a 60-percent supermajority to pass.

One Johnson County school district is seeking voter approval on Sept. 9.

•The Solon Community School District is requesting a $25.5 million bond referendum to finance construction of a new middle school for grades five through eight, a new center for performing arts including a visual arts classroom and renovating a special education area at Solon High School, 600 W. Fifth St., Solon. District information states that the overall district tax rate will not change with passage of the bond referendum. The ballot will include a separate question about renewing the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy for 10 years beginning July 1, 2016, maintaining the $1.34 per $1,000 taxable valuation rate.

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