Utah County residents voted in favor of the 2011 Alpine School District Bond that will help with renovations to schools.
Although all provisional votes have not yet been counted, the bond passed with 57 percent of voting Alpine School District residents in favor. Five schools will benefit with new additions and renovations and six additional schools will receive seismic safety improvements.
Karen Smith, a parent of children attending Cherry Hill Elementary in Orem, said she is pleased the bond passed.
“The school will really benefit because it wouldn’t do well if there was a strong earthquake,” she said. “They are going to tear down most of the school and rebuild it. I am excited to see a safer school.”
The bond will give the school district $210 million that will be paid over 20 years. Taxes will increase for homeowners in the district depending on yearly income. The average home in the district will pay $38 each year for 20 years.
“I am happy the bond passed,” Smith said. “I am happy to pay more money for education improvements.”
The school district has had an increase of 9,820 students since 2006, and estimates an additional 10,000 students in the next five years.