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Seaside Approves Bond Measure To Get 4 Schools Out Of Tsunami Zone


Seaside is hoping to pass a $100 million bond to get it's schools out of the tsunami zone.

Seaside is hoping to pass a $100 million bond to get it's schools out of the tsunami zone.

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Seaside School District has four schools in the tsunami zone.

The school board unanimously approved a bond measure Thursday to build a new campus outside the tsunami zone. It tried to pass a bond to get them out in 2013, but that failed.

Superintendent Doug Dougherty thinks this time it’ll be different.

First, because Weyerhaeuser has donated land above the tsunami zone. And second, because Seaside is first in line to receive $4 million in matching funds from the state.

“The cost difference between the previous bond measure and the current bond measure, we’ve been able to reduce the cost by 37.5 percent — that’s another reason why we’re very optimistic about this,” Dougherty said.

If it passes, the $100 million bond will cost the average Seaside homeowner about $350 a year.

Scientists estimate there’s a one-in-three chance of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami affecting the region within the next 50 years.

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