MCPHERSON, Kan. — The proposed McPherson USD 418 bond issue went down to defeat on Tuesday. Preliminary numbers show voters were against the bond by more than a two to one margin. The canvass of the votes is scheduled for next week. The proposed bond was $112.8 million.
In McPherson, there were two questions, one on the construction itself and a second on redirecting a portion of sales tax dollars to pay for a portion of that bond so that not all of it has to come from property taxes. Neither question came close to passage.
The bond included provisions for upgrades to all levels of McPherson schools, adding a middle school on to the current high school, moving 5th and 6th graders and the administrative offices to the current middle school and constructing new facilities for the McPherson football and track teams.