- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHENEY, Kan. (AP) - Cheney residents overwhelmingly approved a $15.4 million school bond issue.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says the issue unofficially passed Tuesday by a 550-198 vote, with about 34 percent of registered voters participating.

The money will be spent on security enhancements, infrastructure repairs, and upgrades to academic and athletic facilities.

Cheney Superintendent David Grover says the projects will include a tornado shelter, enhanced security system, new air conditioning for the high school and repairs at the elementary, middle and high schools. The district also plans a multiple-use baseball complex.

The vote will mean a $7 to $8 monthly increase in property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 property. The length of the bond issue hasn’t been determined.

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