Northwest NEWS

May 21, 2001

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Voters favor bond

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   CARNATION - Riverview School District bond supporters were celebrating the apparent passage of the May 15 ballot proposition last week, after early returns from the precincts looked promising.
   The 20-year $5.75 million bond measure will pay for athletic fields, reroof three schools and complete the performing arts center at Cedarcrest.
   This was the sixth attempt at passing a bond issue to build sports facilities at the high school. The school district lumped the three issues together on one ballot and scaled down the plans for the athletic fields in hopes of passage.
   The measure achieved validation on voting day. For validation, the measure required a minimum turnout of 40 percent of the voters who voted in the last General Election, which was in November.
   The proposition also needed a supermajority (60 percent) of votes to pass. On Friday, the "unofficial cumulative" count was 2,709 (65.14 percent) for, and 1,450 (34.86 percent) against.
   With 100 percent of the poll ballots counted by late Tuesday night, 65 percent (2,432) votes were in favor and 35 percent (1,282) were against.
   "It looks unofficially victorious," said Riverview Board President Steve Hallstrom late last week.
   The measure provides $3.3 million for the all-weather football/soccer field and track, $2.7 for new roofs and $225,000 for lighting and stage improvements for the performing arts center.
   Cost of the bond to property owners is estimated at about $43 per year for a $200,000 home. The election will be certified May 25.
   "We set out to accomplish something and finally got it done," said Helen Mellor, chair of the Riverview Schools Committee.