Bond 2019 Information
Rapid enrollment, safety upgrades, and the elimination of portable classrooms are all reasons the Sunnyside School District has placed a construction bond to expand Sunnyside High School facilities on the February 12, 2019 ballot.
The bond will provide:
- A modern, two-story classroom building
- Additional space for curricular and co-curricular activities including theater arts, instrumental music programs, and athletics for both school and community use
- Needed parking, walkways, courtyard space, and maintenance access roads
- Additional security systems to support these spaces will also be included in the bond
Sunnyside High School is currently over capacity by more than 200 students and that number is expected to increase to an estimated 360 students over the next five years. The current capacity of Sunnyside High School is 1,850. As of this October, there are more than 2,071 students in attendance. Current enrollment in grades 4 through 7 is more than 2,270.
- The Sunnyside School District's current bond tax rate is $0.00 per $1,000 of assessed value because the current bond tax is paid out the school district's excess general fund balance.
- If voters did have to pay the bond tax rate, it would be $2.00 per $1,000 in assessed value. This amount includes the construction of Washington Elementary which was completed in 2016 and the Sunnyside High School expansion in 2009.
- The Sunnyside School District's 2018 tax rate is $1.89 per $1,000 of assessed value for a Maintenance and Operations Levy voters approved in February of 2016. The tax rate will drop to $1.50 in 2019.
- If voters approve this $16 million bond issue, the estimated tax rate will be $0.73 per $1,000 in assessed value.
- With the reduced levy tax rate, the $0.73 bond tax rate will only increase tax rates by $0.34 from 2018.
- This bond debt, if approved, would be paid in full in 20 years time.