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Listening doesn’t cost you a dime

July 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Repair and renovation needs to several of Randolph County's schools are well documented by educators and parents. How to pay for them is the quandary.

Talk of a bond proposal on top of the current levy has been discussed at several public meetings. Community members also have been discussing the possibility, and it doesn't appear that they have a favorable opinion.

The Board of Education made its official vote last week agreeing, 4-1 to put the $13 million bond on the November ballot. The only dissenting vote, from board member Ed Tyre, came with a comment. "I haven't been told by one person that they support this," he said.

That statement is as accurate as any.

The schools, however, still need repairs and renovations.

If the bond is approved by voters, the county would likely receive a $9 million-plus funding match from the state School Building Authority. If the bond fails, it's pretty unlikely the state will kick in anything.

Still, voters are reluctant. With the addition of the levy, many were surprised to see just how much their personal property tax bills increased. The answer wasn't the levy rate only, nor was it solely the revaluation of some properties. Each case was different. One thing some taxpayers didn't consider was that assessments on personal property include cars, boats, campers and more - not just real estate.

There's a lot to think about before November comes around, and the Board of Education will be releasing more details.

Tyre, in the same meeting, said although he wouldn't vote to pose the bond, he would support it. He also offered to "contribute some money to support it."

Voters too should step back, see what the board has to say in the coming months and take another look at the proposal.



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