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Eldridge residents approve property tax increase for school upgrades

The North Scott Community School District approved on future developments throughout the district, which will slightly raise property taxes in 2025 and 2026.

ELDRIDGE, Iowa — Tuesday, Sept. 13  was a special election day for the North Scott Community School District. 

Locals voted on "Vision 2025" — a proposition that will bring about additional spaces for schools in the district. Add-ons include classrooms, a regional innovation center, a welding and metal lab for the High School, a Junior High music wing and additions to its athletic facilities.

The project would cost $25 million, with funding coming from general obligation bonds. Joe Stutting, Superintendent for North Scott Schools, emphasized the excitement for the future. 

"These projects are exciting for us... our district's lucky that we have growth within our district and we also have a great tax base that really makes a referendum like this possible," Stutting said.

Voters later approved on the property tax increase Tuesday night. The measure will raise property taxes in 2025 and 2026, and the district said that residents don't need to worry.

"In the first year, it's 22 cents, and it drops to eight cents per 1000. And so, if you look at in the big scheme of things, it's a minimal impact to our taxpayers to pass this referendum today," Stutting said.

Some residents said the projects are exciting for the community as well and show how quickly Eldridge is growing.

"Eldridge is the next Bettendorf, I mean it really is. Bettendorf had that growth spurt. PV is having it now...we're just in line," Eldridge resident Scott Case said.

With the district offering more ideas for the future, they hope to attract more new families.

"We actually moved from Bettendorf to Eldridge because of the North Scott School District. It's very important to support the district and hopefully, it will continue to grow in the future," Eldridge resident Amy Schermerhorn said.

Voters approved the measure on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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