Riverside Bond & Glenwood RPS votes today


February 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Oakland-Riverside and Glenwood School Districts will be heading to the polls today for different reasons. In the Oakland-Riverside District, voters will decide on whether or not to approve a $13.3 million bond issue for construction of a new K-through-12 building.

The facility would replace the district’s three separate buildings, in Oakland, Carson, and Macedonia, with one building to house students in all grades. It would be built on approximately 70 acres of land located a mile south of Oakland. With the sales tax bonds and cash on hand, the project’s total cost is $21,608,000.

A similar referendum failed last year when it received only 53 percent of the vote. The measure must receive a 60 percent super majority, in order for it to pass. Polls are open at the Oakland and Carson Community Centers and Macedonia City Hall Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters in the Glenwood School District are facing a decision on whether to renew the district’s revenue purpose statement (or, RPS), which allows for the expenditures of revenues from the statewide local option sales tax. Approval of the referendum by a simple majority would extend the statement for another 16 years. The current RPS is set to expire next year. The state’s penny sale tax law sunsets in 2029. School officials have said they would use the funds to reduce the district’s debt.

The polls are open at the Glenwood American Legion Building from noon to 8 p.m.