Local voters will see the results of their passage of two funding measures, both very soon and over the following years.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, the Palmyra R-I School District’s no-tax-increase bond issue, and Proposition A, the city’s quarter-cent sales tax increase for capital improvements during the April 2 General Municipal Election.

Work on the first of several projects funded by Proposition 2 was actually expected to get underway this week, while it could be another year before the city can start work on a list of storm water drainage projects.

“I am so happy for our students and our community,” said Kirt Malone, R-I superintendent, after Prop. 2 passed with 80 percent of the vote, 891 to 223.

“We know the community has always supported the school district,” Malone said. “We’re thankful for the community we serve here, and we take our responsibility seriously, and we look forward to getting these projects done.”

The bond issue will raise $3.5 million to fund improvements at all three schools. 

Malone said the earth work was to begin this week on the new all-weather track at the high school, but that the bulk of the projects, including renovation of the high school ag building and the newly expanded middle school kitchen, will not start until after the end of classes.

Meanwhile, the city’s quarter-cent sales tax boost will not go into affect until Oct. 1, and it will take time for capital improvement funding to accumulate enough to allow work to start on storm water drainage improvement projects that have been already been identified and engineer in various places around the city.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.