School district bond is passing

Election will be certified Friday

The Camas School District bond has passed by three percent.

According to Clark County Elections, the vote is 63.13 percent in support and 36.87 percent against.

To pass the bond requires a super majority, meaning that at least 60 percent of those who vote approve it.

School District Superintendent Mike Nerland credits the “yes” vote to continued community support, a strong educational program and volunteers who advocated for the bond.

“The success of this bond is the direct result of the leadership provided by Mark Klein, chair of the Camas Citizens for Quality Schools and a great deal of time, effort and energy from hundreds of volunteers,” he said. “I am proud to be part of a community that makes it a priority to invest in our young people. That investment and support is absolutely crucial to quality schools, and, in turn, quality schools are one reason Camas is such a great place to live, work, learn and play.”

The $120 million bond will have several different projects including new high school and elementary school facilities, additional parking for Camas High School students, property acquisition, safety improvements, modernization of the Joyce Garver Theater/Garfield Building, concessions and bathrooms on the Doc Harris Stadium visitor side, and turf and light improvements at CHS fields.

Starting in 2017, the bond measure will cost a taxpayer with a property valued at $300,000 approximately $15 more per month. The owner of a property worth $500,000 would pay an additional $25 per month.

The current bond tax rate is $2.95 per $1,000. This is approximately $73.75 per month for the owner of a $300,000 home, and $123 per month for the owner of a $500,000 home.

The election results will be certified Friday.