Royal school bond ballots to show up soon at homes

Royal School District voters soon should be receiving their ballots for a school bond election.

The district plans to spend $11.8 million to ease overcrowding and upgrade computer labs, according to documents on its website. About $3 million of that would come from state and district coffers.

For the rest, the district would issue $8.8 million in bonds to be paid off through a property tax increase spread across 15 years.

If voters approve the proposal, property taxes in the district would go up by $1.96 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $196 for a $100,000 home.

The biggest portion of the bond would go to turn an existing fifth-grade building into a new intermediate school to house grades 4-6.

The bond levy also would add six classrooms to the high school and upgrade the middle school computer lab.

A school bond approved in 1995 was paid off last year. To learn more, go to www.royal.wednet.edu.