The Tooele County School District Board of Education is taking its case for a $190 million bond to the public this month.
The school district will hold three community meetings on its bond proposal during the month of September. The meetings will be held on Sept. 16 at Stansbury High School, on Sept. 26 at Grantsville High School and on Sept. 30 at Tooele High School. Each meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
The school board is asking voters to support a $190 million bond during the Nov. 5 election to build a new high school in Overlake, a new junior high school in Stansbury Park, a new elementary school in Grantsville, and to pay for security upgrades for existing school buildings.
The new schools are needed because existing buildings are already filled beyond capacity and the school district’s enrollment is expected to increase by more than 3,000 students in the next five years, according to the school district’s argument for the bonds posted on its website.
“The District has worked to make effective use of existing classrooms and added portables to schools which are already filled beyond capacity. … Currently, we have multiple schools in high-growth areas that are beyond the ideal capacity for student enrollment,” reads the school district’s argument.
The ballot language, as required by state law, states that without regard to any levies for current bonds that may decrease over time, the property tax impact of $190 million in new bonds over a 20-year period for the current average home valued at $250,000 would be $346 annually. The cost for a business property of the same value would be $630 annually.
However, the school district does have payments for current bonds that will be reduced over time, resulting in a net annual property tax impact of $128 for the owner of a $250,000 home. The net annual property tax impact for a business of the same value would be $233, according to the ballot language included in the resolution.
The school district purchased property for the new high school and the new junior high school with funds from bonds approved by voters in 2015. The new elementary school will be built in the Grantsville area. The location has not yet been determined.
If the bond passes, work on the new high school will start next summer. Construction of the new junior high will begin in the spring of 2022 and work on the new elementary school will begin in the summer of 2022. The high school will be completed by spring 2023. The elementary school will be completed by the summer of 2023. The junior high school will be completed by the spring of 2024. Safety and security upgrades for existing schools will be completed by the summer of 2023.
The community meetings on the school bond will be held on Sept. 16 at Stansbury High School at 5300 Aberdeen Lane in Stansbury in the school’s auditorium, on Sept. 26 at Grantsville High School at 55 E. Cherry Street in Grantsville in the lunchroom, and on Sept. 30 at Tooele High School at 301 W. Vine Street in Tooele in the auditorium. Each meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.