The Vail Governing Board voted unanimously to call for a $28 million bond election to be held this November.
The Board carefully studied the bond election issue and ramifications at multiple meetings and study sessions over the past two months. Their deliberations included input from a meeting of approximately 100 site council members and community leaders last month.
They also considered the results from a survey that 520 community members completed regarding the proposed bond election. 69% of survey respondents urged the Board to call for an election, while 21% urged them to not call for the election.
In comments made before they voted, members of the Board talked about growth in the District and the loss of funding from the State. They also expressed their judgment that the community should be given the opportunity to decide the bond issue.
“I feel very comfortable about the time and effort we spent in reviewing all aspects of the issues and the decision we made,” said Board Member Claudia Anderson. “After our review and analysis, that additional funding is needed to essentially cover health and safety issues, maintain aging facilities and plan for future growth. It is our duty to present to the voters and have them make the final decision. Further, the Board would not need to go to voters for additional monies if our legislature funded schools as required.”
If approved, the bond funds will be used for things such as building more school facilities, purchasing buses and repairing buildings.