Westonka voters pass referendum

Funding for performing arts and community athletics centers approved by 2-to-1 margin

In a May 10 special election, the citizens of the Westonka School District approved a referendum that will fund the construction of a performing arts center and a community athletics center. The vote passed by over a 2-to-1 margin.

According to unofficial results posted on the district’s website, the measure received 1,847 votes in the affirmative and 868 votes in the negative, meaning that 68% of the 2,715 total voters were in support of the referendum.

The special election came after several months of absentee voting and community discussion.

According to the resolution approved by the school board, the ballot question read, “Should the school board of Independent School District No. 277 (Westonka) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $22,950,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a performance arts center and community athletic and recreation center addition to the high school facility? By voting “yes” on this ballot question, you are voting for a property tax increase.”

For the latest on facility construction progress, visit www.lakerpioneer.com.