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Overland Park Chamber Endorses $251 Million Bond for Blue Valley Schools

Overland Park, Kan., November 21, 2022 – The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed the Blue Valley School District’s 2023 Bond proposal, a $251,250,000 bond referendum that school district residents will vote on in a mail-in ballot election in January 2023.

The bond is focused on improving three areas – facilities, safety and technology – and will not increase the local tax rate. The district has a strong history of refinancing debt and pre-paying debt to save taxpayers money. In September, the Board of Education approved a decrease in the overall mill rate, saving taxpayers money. And, in October, the Board of Education paid off $10.8 million of debt early, saving taxpayers $1 million in interest.

“Recognizing that companies select communities where there is significant investment in educational excellence, the Overland Park Chamber has made support of schools a guiding philosophy since its beginning,” said Tracey Osborne Oltjen, president and CEO of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber Board unanimously endorsed Bond 2023 to invest in the future of our next generation by making needed improvements in facilities, safety and technology.”

All registered voters in the school district will receive a ballot in their mailbox in early January. January 1 is the last day for voter registration to automatically receive a mail-in ballot. Ballots must be received at the Johnson County Election Office by noon on January 31.

For more information about Bond 2023, visit

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