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Superintendent details $11.4 million bond vote for Rotarians

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Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole discusses the ins and outs of the $11.4 million bond that will be put forth to voters in March. Ballots will be mailed out this Friday.

Sunnyside School District Superintendent Rick Cole was on hand this morning, Wednesday, to detail the ins and outs of a March school bond that, if passed, will prompt construction at the high school and $35 million in matching funds from the state.

Cole said that the tax rate is $1.26 and Sunnyside taxpayers will pay that rate regardless of whether or not voters say yes to the bond. The difference is the state will give the district the $35 million in matching monies if voters approve the bond.

"If you vote yes, it's $1.26. If you vote no, it's $1.26," Cole said.

If approved, the money will be used to modernize and expand Sunnyside High School, and also to construct a cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Sun Valley Elementary School.

Cole noted that the projects will generate $530,000 in sales tax for the city of Sunnyside and $2.5 million in tax monies for the state.

And, Cole added, "This is a replacement bond with no tax increase."

Cole said ballots for the $11.4 million bond will be mailed out this Friday.

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