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As bond elections go, the one placed on the November 3 ballot by the Granite Board of Education should be a slam dunk. Indeed, voters in the state's largest school district should give the measure their overwhelming approval.

Granite School District officials have done a good job in recent decades of managing their capital budget and meeting school construction needs. The last time they went to voters for a bond was 1983. Since 1996 when that debt was paid off, the district has wisely and efficiently met facility needs on a "pay as you go" basis.

Now, there is an opportunity to leverage their $17 million dollar a year capital outlay budget to meet more immediate needs, including the rebuilding of two high schools and two elementary schools, the construction of two new elementary schools and a new junior high school, and the air conditioning of a 51 remaining schools in the district.

District officials guarantee voters all of this can be done without increasing taxes. The ongoing money already budgeted will pay off the proposed bond over the next 15 years.

KSL compliments Granite officials for their fiscal prudence and urges voters in the mid-valley district to give the proposed bond their approval on November 3rd.

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