A hopeful night for supporters of the Luther Bond Proposal turned grim as results rolled in across the nine precincts of the Luther School District. There were 900 total votes, with 517 yes votes, the majority, however, bond elections require a super majority to pass, and voters turned it down by a narrow margin.
Two precincts, including the largest precinct at the Luther Community Center passed the measure with a 60% passage. However, Arcadia voters sunk the measure with no votes winning 75 to yes votes of 49. The voters couldn’t catch up following those returns.
The measure was a $25 million proposal to build safe rooms, a new basketball gym and a cafeteria. Opponents said that the measure included too money in for interest and consultant fees instead of actual construction.
Proponents campaigned that the projects were needed to replace outdated infrastructure including a nearly 60 year old gym, and a 40 year old cafeteria. Voters rejected a similar measure earlier this year.