Monday forum will address form-of-government, school bond issues

Political signs for and against both issues have popped up around the island. - Brad Camp/ Staff Photo
Political signs for and against both issues have popped up around the island.
— image credit: Brad Camp/ Staff Photo

Bainbridge's form-of-government and the $42 million school district capital bond will be discussed and debated tonight at the Bainbridge High School commons.

Both issues are on the ballot for the May 19 special election.

The event is being organized by the Bainbridge League of Women Voters (LWV) with support from the Chamber of Commerce.

"You can expect to hear each type of government explained in terms of its advantages and disadvantages," said Ellen Fisher of the LWV. "Speakers will have a chance to make a statement, then respond, and answer questions from the audience."

Voters will be asked whether to adopt the council-manager form of government, or stay with the current mayor-council system.

Islander Bob Fortner will argue points for the council-manager system, while David Harrison, a University of Washington professor and the founder of the Northwest Policy Center, will argue for retaining the mayor-council system.

Nancy Quitslund of the LWV will moderate.

Pam Keyes, spokesperson for the Bainbridge Island School District, said BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel and a school board member will also be on hand to answer questions regarding the school bond.

The $42 million capital bond issuance would pay for the reconstruction of Capt. Charles Wilkes Elementary School, the oldest of the district's three elementary schools. Included in the bond would be $9.5 million for district wide capital improvements, including roofing, paving and energy conservation projects.

Ballots for the May 19 Special Election will be mailed to all island residences on April 29.

League of Women Voters Forum

Monday, April 27th 2009, at 7-9 p.m.

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