(Oakland) - Riverside’s 5th attempt at passing a 15.1 million bond issue is less than one week away.
School officials clearly see a need for this bond issue to get passed, but why does the public continue to turn it down. Superintendent Jim Sutton says voter turnout has been an issue.
“We had only one polling place in our last election which was a county decision.” Sutton states, “I believe it did have an impact on voter turnout. Since then we have gone back to the county and asked whether or not they would allow us to have three polling places in this next election which they agreed to do, so I think that will help us some.”
Another obstacle the last go-round was a shared ballot with a bond issue for Iowa Western Community College that did get passed.
Sutton also comments, “When you see two large amounts of money being requested, it makes it more difficult to overcome that as if it was almost a two question ballot; which is very difficult to pass.”
Sutton says other opponents say they do not want any of the current buildings to be closed down in favor of a K-12 structure. The plan which will be voted on Tuesday is for a 7th-12th grade building. We’ll tell you the specifics of it tomorrow in part four of our series.