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Fate of bond issue to be decided Tuesday

Monday, December 3, 2001

Alta voters casting ballots Tuesday on proposed elementary/middle school addition.

With less than a week to go before Alta voters decide the fate of the new school bond issue project, Jim Black is cautiously optimistic about the proposal's chances for success.

Black, a member of the Facilities Study Committee, has been working with fellow committee members for several months to promote the new bond issue for an elementary/middle school project, which would provide nine new classrooms, a media center/community library, a computer lab and gymnasium/community wellness center.

Black said the fate of the school bond issue, which requires a 60 percent "supermajority" to pass, will remain up in the air until the final vote is tabulated late Tuesday evening.

"Right now, it's a toss-up," Black said. "There are some who are in favor of this and then there are also some people who are very much opposed to this. I think we've been able to convince some that this is something that is a viable alternative and is a more practical approach to costs. However, not everybody feels that way."

Black said he feels the time and effort that supporters of the bond issue have been putting into promoting the proposals has made a difference in the number of people who will vote.

Brochures and pamphlets listing answers to frequently asked questions have been mailed to school district residents, a community-wide meeting on the topic was held a few weeks ago and supporters have also made personal calls and visits to those still undecided on the issue.

"I feel the efforts have helped quite a bit," Black said. "I've made a number of calls and trips to people to talk to them about the issue, and I think those trips are making a difference."

Black said he and the rest of the Facilities Study Committee members feel good about the positive manner in which they have spread their message over the past few months, but know there is still much work to be done before the voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

"The thing I've found out is that being in a dialogue and pointing out why we need it is the best way to go, and I think that's what we've done with this," Black said. "We're not trying to supersell this at all. We're just giving people the facts about this and letting them make an informed decision from there."

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