Nine Mile Falls voters approved a property tax hike Tuesday to pay for a new middle school.
The $6.5 million bond issue proposal will help the district ease overcrowding at its current middle school, according to Superintendent Don Baumberger.
“The voters of Nine Mile Falls have spoken,” Baumberger said.
The measure passed with a 67.5 percent “yes” vote, according to unofficial final returns.
The bond issue will cost property owners about $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. State money will be used to pay for the building on a 30-acre site off Highway 291 in Suncrest.
The district built Lakeside High School and Middle School six years ago.
But an influx of students has boosted class sizes to about 30 and caused administrators to freeze class offerings for lack of classrooms.