As supporters of the newly - and narrowly - approved school bond celebrated victory Tuesday evening, talk quickly turned from the triumph to reasons for the successful nature of the supporters' venture.
Only 45 percent of those who voted in an election two years ago voiced approval for the school bond, and members of the school board and Facilities Committee said there were a number of reasons for the 15 percent jump in "yes" votes over the past two years.
Unlike the past bond issue, which was over $4.5 million, supporters trimmed the current issue to $3.5 million, and also provided new options of financing for the bond issue.
"The way we financed this was very important," Facilities Committee member Jim Black said. "There were less dollars involved with this bond issue, and we financed this through a combination of property taxes, income surtax and contributions from the city and community members. It was definitely a better way to do this, because we were able to spread it out more evenly among everybody."
* Individual meetings
Bond supporters said a key factor was their participation in various coffees and small-group events around Alta throughout the past few weeks.
"The coffees and individual meetings made a big difference, because I think they helped get us over the top," Maharry said. "We were able to talk one-on-one with people and really answer all of their individual questions, and that was crucial."
"The nature of people is that they don't like to get up in a large group and ask questions," School Board President Wes Holmes said. "I think in smaller groups people felt more comfortable asking questions, and we were able to answer more questions about the bond issue in those settings than anywhere else. We were able to talk to more people that way, and it was the best way to give people the facts and ask for their input."
Supporters continued to remind people to vote until the 8 p.m. election deadline, and Holmes said that may have made the difference.
"We did a lot of work identifying the yes voters and making sure they voted," Holmes said. "That was critical. If one person wouldn't have been called, that could have been the difference and we would be talking about another result right now."