Prosser Moving Forward with Third School Bond Attempt

Prosser Moving Forward with Third School Bond Attempt
PROSSER -- It's not official yet. But the Prosser School District is moving forward on another attempt at passing a bond measure this April.

Only this time around, there will likely be a few changes, because not everyone in the community is convinced it's a good idea.

Prosser resident Jan Benson says, "I am for a new school. But not for the amount of money that they want from us."

It's a concern the district is hearing loud and clear. After the ballot measure failed last month, officials went back to the drawing board. They say inflation kept costs lower than expected, so the new bond will be for $2.5 million less than last time. It will bring the cost down for voters from $1.13 for every $1,000 of their home's worth to just $0.98.

And to prove transparency in the process, an independent firm will look over the architect's plans to make sure no one is profiting at the district's expense.

"We're talking about a lot of money out of our community, says Prosser High School Principal Kevin Lusk. "And so we want to ask that question. And I think that's a fair question. So, let's get the biggest bang for our buck that we can."

But time is tight, with less than two months until Election Day on April 26th.