Coos Bay School District to kick off new bond campaign

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Coos Bay School District will kick off a new bond campaign next week.

Voters rejected a $66 million bond measure in May.

This time around, the proposal on next month's ballot will be a $59.9 million bond.

Supporters say it will cover a range of projects including a new elementary school to replace Blossom Gulch, which is in the tsunami flood zone.

"Any bond measure is asking people to vote themselves a tax increase and that is a hard ask, it's a hard ask in the community, it's a hard ask anywhere and we understand that,” says James Martin with the Coos Bay Best Bond campaign. “I think what we showed in May is that we do have a really deep well of support in this community for our schools; it's way past due to get our kids get into some upgraded facilities rather than keeping them in buildings from half a century ago.”

The Coos Bay School District could get $4 million from the state if the district's voters pass the bond measure in November.

An event to learn more about the bond measure will be held Tuesday, October 10.

It will be at 7 devils in Coos Bay from 5-6 p.m.

There's a $25 admission charge.

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