High school bonds go to voters today

Polls open at 7 a.m.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for a special election to decide whether Juneau will issue bonds to fund an auditorium, a track and field and equipment for Thunder Mountain High School.

Sound off on the important issues at

The city had received 767 absentee votes as of Monday afternoon. That's fewer than in previous years, according to Municipal Clerk Laurie Sica.

Results will be tallied this week, and the city plans to release a breakdown on Friday.

The new Mendenhall Valley school is scheduled to open in 2008 whether the propositions pass or fail.

Residents in favor of the bonds have said the community should build the best school possible and capitalize on a window in which 70 percent state reimbursement is available. Opponents questioned the need for the school and the new facilities, noting that enrollment has not risen as projected.

Here are the three issues that will be put to voters:

• Proposition 1: $11.18 million in general obligation bonds for Thunder Mountain High School construction, including completion of an auditorium.

According to the city, the school will have a functioning auditorium if the proposition passes, and the state will pay for $7.9 million of additional costs. If the proposition does not pass, the school will not have the auditorium, and construction at a later date could be funded with local dollars.

• Proposition 2: $5 million in general obligation bonds for an artificial turf field and running track at Thunder Mountain High School.

If the measure is approved, the school will have an artificial turf field and running track, and the state will pay for 70 percent of the cost if the proposition passes, according to the city. If it fails, the track and field will not be built.

• Proposition 3: $920,000 in general obligation bonds to equip the new high school.

According to the city, the state will pay for 70 percent of the cost of providing furnishings and equipment for the school if the proposition passes. If it fails, the Juneau School District will still buy the equipment.

• Ken Lewis can be reached at ken.lewis@juneauempire.com.

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