School Bond Tax Fails

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Fifty-two percent of people voted against the bond on Tuesday.

“It's fair to say that the board was disappointed.” said Dave Applegate, Natrona County School Board, Chairman.

The bond would've used property and business tax money collected over the next 12 years to pay for building improvements the state will not fund, including security equipment, swimming pools and technology in the classrooms.

“A lot of those projects can't be funded. The magnitude of them, the size of them is such that there's not the dollars existing already in the district to fund those.” said Steve Hopkins, NCSD Superintendent.

But does the voters' response also hint at a possible rejection of the renewal of the one cent tax in the November election?

"There's always a fear that the one cent could get turned down and its used for really good projects that people have a say in." said Rob Hendry, Natrona County Commissioner.

Hendry says the one cent tax is different because it's a sales tax, taxing residents as well as travelers and is up for renewal every four years.

“It touches a broader spectrum of people in the county than just schools.” said Hendry.

While the school district plans to put what money they have into the projects that are the highest priority.

“The safety and the CAPS equipment. Those are the highest priority and those are the ones that we do think the electorate has a high support for, and those are the ones that will have the highest priority in terms of trying to fund.” said Hopkins.