Measure A school bond too close to call, after initial vote count

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Besides the Lincoln City Council race, Lincoln residents were able to cast their hyper-local vote in the Nov. 4, 2014 Statewide Direct General Election for Measure A and the Nevada Irrigation District’s Division 4 director.

Lincoln and Sheridan voters are deciding the fate of Measure A, which is a $60-million school bond placed on the ballot by the Western Placer Unified School District. Measure A requires 55 percent of the votes to pass.

If passed, Measure A would fund Lincoln High School repairs and upgrades, and provide partial start-up funds to construct a new high school in Lincoln.

Local property taxes would increase about $30 per $100,000 of assessed value per year, if Measure A is approved. The bond would be repaid solely from property-tax revenues generated from all real property within the school district and bond repayment would take about 30 years, according to district officials.

Although final results will not be known for a few weeks, initial counts were posted on the Placer County Elections Office website, after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As of Wednesday morning, Measure A has received 6,917 votes supporting it and 4,514 votes against it.

If Measure A passes, “We deeply appreciate the support of our community on behalf of the students,” Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said Tuesday. “We will strive to maintain that support by using the funds efficiently and effectively.”

The News Messenger asked Leaman how the school district will provide funds for Lincoln High School repairs and upgrades, and partial start-up costs for a new comprehensive high school, if Measure A does not pass.

“We will be dependent on both the state bond and local bonds to raise these funds,” Leaman answered.

In the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) election, incumbent Jim Bachman is being challenged by Robert Wells Vizzard. Nevada Irrigation District’s Division 4 seat covers part of Lincoln. Bachman was appointed in June 2009 to fill the seat and elected in November 2010.

As of Wednesday morning, Bachman had received 4,034 votes and Vizzard had received 819 votes.