Building association backs Ridgefield school bond proposal

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: December 19, 2011, 11:19 PM

 

The Ridgefield School District’s proposed $47 million bond recently received a vote of support from a major land development and construction group within Clark County.

The board of directors for the 700-member Building Industry Association of Clark County voted to endorse the Ridgefield School District’s proposed bond, BIACC officials said. The bond will go before voters Feb. 14.

The bond would improve classroom facilities and infrastructure across the district’s four schools, school officials say. District residents would pay $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed valuation on their home. For instance, a person who owns a $200,000 house would pay a total of $346 a year over 20 years.

The BIACC supports the bond measure because it would “add classrooms and improve student safety and vehicle access at every school facility in the district,” said board member A.J. Gomez in a written statement released by the Building Policy Group, BIACC’s political action committee. Gomez also listed the current bond proposal’s “lean” amount, which is around half that of the district’s failed proposal three years ago, as another factor in the decision to support it.

You can learn more about the Ridgefield School District’s bond measure at Ridgefield School District.