GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX)
Trish Mahre is a school board candidate this election, but a major component to her campaign was to support Grand Junction High School, a school she and her children attended. “I think those teachers and students should feel proud of the school that they are attending and that we make it the safest of environments, which does not now exist,” Trish Mahre, School Board member said.
The initial bond didn’t pass in 2019, and some voters still have concerns. “Obviously the biggest concern with tax payers is an increase in taxes and making sure the school district is transparent and held accountable,” Mahre explains.
The bond would amount to less than $3 a month for the average homeowner, but is this a big enough concern to vote no on 4B? “The strength of this is that one project, the fact that any extra revenue goes back to pay off the bonds and then once the bond is paid off the tax goes away,” Tim Foster, former President of Colorado Mesa University said.
With two short hours left before polling centers close, supporters of 4B are hopeful. “We worked really hard on the language to help voters clearly understand, number one that it is a need, and number two it is a priority for students,” Mahre explains.
Grand Junction High School has been graduating students since 1956, there’s asbestos, and mold amongst other damages, but another need for the reconstruction of the high school is to meet the needs of the growing student body. “As I’m looking at the line of cars voting today, this is all a very good sign, although I have heard from a few community members that have opposed the bond, I have largely had a great response from people in terms of identifying the need and priority of that need, that it needs to happen right now,” Mahre said.