Voters in the Basehor-Linwood school district have until noon Thursday to return their ballots for a $57.1 million school bond issue.

Voters in the Basehor-Linwood school district have until noon Thursday to return their ballots for a $57.1 million school bond issue.

Mail-in ballots are being used for the election instead of traditional poll locations. The ballots have to be returned to the County Clerk's Office, which is located at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, 300 Walnut St.

More than 9,000 ballots were sent out last month to voters who live in the Basehor-Linwood district. As of Friday morning, 3,702 had been returned to the Clerk's Office, according to Deputy Clerk Helen Klinkenberg.

Officials with the Basehor-Linwood school district broke up the $57.1 million school bond issue into two questions on the ballots.

The first question concerns projects that total $51.6 million. These projects include the construction of two elementary schools and an early childhood education center. If approved, this portion of the bond issue also would pay for additional classrooms and a performing arts center at Basehor-Linwood Middle School as well as security improvements to the main entrance to Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and renovations to other facilities.

The second question concerns projects totaling $5.5 million. These projects include the construction of a multipurpose building at Basehor-Linwood High School that would have classrooms, a wrestling room and locker rooms. This portion of the bond issue also would pay for tennis court facilities and improvements to existing athletic facilities including renovations at the high school football field.

Citing additional tax revenue from increasing property valuation, Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard believes the bond issue can be implemented without raising the district’s mill levy. The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

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