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Special Election ballots with Ferndale Schools bond proposal to be mailed this week

Officials in the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office Election Division say ballots and the Voters’ Pamphlets for the February 12th Special Election will be mailed Wednesday, January 23rd.

Voters within the boundaries of Ferndale School District 502 will receive their envelopes at their mailing address on record.

The following will be on ballots delivered within the Ferndale School District boundaries.

Ferndale School District 502 
Proposition 2019-2
General Obligation Bonds – $112,000,000 

The Board of Directors of Ferndale School District 502 adopted Resolution No. 18-2018 authorizing bonds to fund several capital projects. This proposition authorizes the District to (1) construct and equip a new high school facility to replace the existing Ferndale High School, modernize the Performing Arts Center and provide for District-wide critical maintenance, safety and security needs including controlled building access and LED security lighting; (2) issue $112,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum of 22 years, and (3) levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 18-2018.

Should this proposition be: Approved/Rejected

Voters can return their completed ballots by mail or by drop box.

Mailed-in ballots will not require postage this election. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.

Ballots left at a drop box also do not require postage. Drop boxes will open January 23rd and close at 8pm on Election Day, February 12th.

2 other similar school district propositions will be on ballots for the Whatcom County February 12th Special Election.

  1. Nooksack Valley School District 506 seeks approval to borrow $29,700,000 by issuing general obligation bonds. According to the explanatory statement on the ballot for this proposition, the bonds will provide additional capacity and provide upgrades and safety enhancements by adding classrooms to Everson and Nooksack Elementary schools, replacing Sumas Elementary and undertaking improvements, upgrades and renovations to the auxiliary gymnasium Performing Arts Center, concessions and restroom areas in athletic facilities and ventilation systems and heating (HVAC) controls.
  2. The Concrete School District is seeking to renew their existing educational programs and operations levy with a levy of $1,500,000 per year for another 2 years. According to the explanatory statement on the ballot for this proposition, levy funding provides essential funding for maintenance and operations of school district facilities including energy costs.
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