HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It's becoming crunch time for voters who live in the Jordan School District. Next week they need to decide yes or no on a bond designed to build new schools but yet also increases property taxes. Right now people on both sides are trying to make their case.
In just a matter of days people who live in the boundaries of the Jordan School District will be voting on a 495 million dollar bond.
"The impact is worth it, it's for the children," said Sandy Reisgraf, Jordan School District.
Jordan School District Spokesperson Sandy Riesgraf tells Reporter Brian Carlson they need the money to build 13 new schools just to keep up with the area's exploding growth.
"We have the responsibility to educate these children and we're simply running out of seats," said Riesgraf.
Some parents who've created a website outlining the benefits of the bond clearly support the idea.
"We believe the more people that are educated on the benefits of this bond the more in favor they'll be," said Mike Haynes, supports the bond.
But not everyone feels a multi-million dollar bond is answer.
"In this kind of economy it's incredibly unwise to be loading that much debt," said Erin Weist, opposes the bond.
Home school mother Erin Weist started a "No to the bond" the Facebook page. She believes the district is asking for too money, and doesn't believe the doom and gloom that comes if they don't get it. She wants to explore other options.
"There's a lot of ideas out there. I don't think the Jordan School District should just say there's these two ideas, we either make these suggestions that nobody likes or we do this bond that people don't like. I think there's got to be middle ground in between," said Weist.
Regardless how parents vote next week, the District officials just want them to go out and do it.
"We just encourage everyone to get out and vote, it's going to impact our children one way or another," said Riesgraf.
People in Jordan School District will vote on the bond next week on Tues Nov. 5th. When you break down the numbers the bond would increase property taxes for homeowners by up to an extra $10 a month for every $100,000 value of their homes for up to 5 years.
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