Liberal Passes $127M School Bond

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LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) -- Voters in southwest Kansas have passed two ballot measures advancing a $127 million school district bond issue.

The Hutchinson News reports voters in Liberal on Tuesday passed a proposed city sales tax increase of 0.5 percent to help finance the school bond. Voters also voted for a second ballot question approving the bond issue.

The measure will help fund three new elementary schools and two new middle schools, as well as other facility upgrades.

Proponents said state aid would cover about half of the $127 million. Opponents voiced concern about the impact on property taxes and the sales tax increase that could last 25 years.