ST. GEORGE — Population growth in the St. George metropolitan area has outpaced the Washington School District’s projections, prompting officials to propose a $125 million bond to pay for more schools and much-needed maintenance and upkeep projects.
A public hearing was held at the Washington County School District office in St. George Tuesday afternoon to receive comments from the community about the proposed $125 million general obligation bonds.
Following public comments, the Washington County School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to place the proposal on the ballot in the November general election.
At the meeting, officials emphasized that the bond doesn’t raise taxes but instead freezes the current property tax rate in place.
“The bond would not raise taxes above their current levels,” board business administrator Brent Bills said. “As bonding is paid off, the levels will decrease over time, and this would actually just keep the levels at the same level and allow us at the same time to meet the future growth and needs of our district.”
If approved, the board plans to use the money to build new schools, remodel existing buildings and upgrade school safety mechanisms.