10/26/2010 2:03:00 PM School bond, school board positions decided Tuesday $5.5 million slated for school improvements in the balance
Local voters will decide which of three candidates — Kristi Fredrickson, Cole Orozco and Bud Parenteau — will occupy two seats on the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board.
WILLIAMS - Voters in the Nov. 2 General Election will decide who will represent them in a number of federal, state and local positons, among them U.S. Senator, Congressional Representative and Arizona State Governor.
Locally, voters will decide which of three candidates - Kristi Fredrickson, Cole Orozco and Bud Parenteau - will occupy two seats on the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board.
Voters will be asked to approve a WUSD capital improvements bond on Tuesday as well.
If approved, the bond would bring in approximately $5.5 million to the district.
WUSD Governing Board members began considering the possibility of a bond election in November of 2009. The board identified a number of improvement projects, including replacement of portions of the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) roof, replacement of the WEMS cafeteria floor, renovation of the Williams High School gymnasium ceiling and refurbishing classroom heating and ventilation systems at both schools.
The district's previous bond was paid in full as of last year. According to WUSD Assistant Superintendent/Business Manager John Livingston, the district's combined valuation has gone up from $132 million last year to $148 million presently, meaning a new bond will not cost taxpayers more than during the previous bond.
If the bond is approved, the cost to property owners will be approximately $29 each year per $100,000 full cash value of the property over the course of 15 years.
Under Arizona law, bond issues must be approved by 15 percent of registered voters who voted in the last election.
A total of nine propositions are also on the ballot, most prominently Prop 203. The proposition seeeks to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Arizona.
Voters living on the north side of Williams - those residing on the north side of town, west of Williams and along Highway 64 - can vote at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, 235 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. South side voters - those residing on the south side of Williams and south of Williams - can cast ballots at Coconino Community College, 636 S. Seventh St.