On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, residents of the Hudson Community School District will vote on a bond issue question. An approved bond would allow the district to move forward on a series of key facility projects at Hudson High School. These include:
Updating building systems and aging infrastructure, including the replacement of an HVAC system that is no longer cost- effective to maintain
Converting underutilized space into innovative classrooms
Creating a secure main entrance to improve safety
Rebuilding the career and technical education labs (shop)
Adding needed gym space
The Hudson CSD Community Task Force has been engaged in a facility planning process over the past several months. A community-wide survey that was open in April and May 2022 provided the district and task force with valuable input and feedback as they examined facility needs and explored potential solutions. This process led to the proposed projects and bond issue the board has now decided to place in front of voters.
The Board of Education and district administration will continue to seek the input and feedback of community members throughout the process, leading right up to election day.
In addition to the bond issue, residents will also vote on a proposed renewal of the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy and a Revenue Purpose Statement on September 13. Find a sample ballot here.
POLLING LOCATION: Residents may cast their ballots at Hudson Community Center (525 Jefferson St.) on Tuesday, September 13. The hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
ON THE BALLOT SEPTEMBER 13
Residents will vote on a $11.65 million bond issue question. If approved, the district would move forward with a series of facility projects at Hudson High School. These funds would be used to update building systems and aging infrastructure, convert underutilized space into classrooms, create a secure main entrance, rebuild the career and technical education labs, and add much-needed gym space.
Physical Plant & Equipment Levy
A PPEL is a voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use only for infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases, and improvements. If renewed, the PPEL would maintain a maximum property tax rate impact of $1.34/year on every $1,000 of taxable property value. To emphasize, this is not a new proposal but merely a continuation of a current levy the district has had in place for decades.
Revenue Purpose Statement
Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE)—also known as the statewide one-cent sales tax for education—allows Iowa school districts to ask voters to approve a Revenue Purpose Statement to continue investing sales tax funds in school infrastructure projects. Approving the statement on September 13 would have no impact on local property taxes, nor would it affect the sales tax.
Check out this video featuring a Hudson business owner and Community Task Force member, who discusses the district's facility needs and the potential solution on the September 13 ballot.