- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)3
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)3
- Library provides free lunches this summer (6/19/17)
- Jackson School District giving away bricks from 'Old A' building (6/23/17)2
School bond issues
Voters in two area school districts, Jackson and Kelly in Benton, will vote on bond issues April 5 that would raise taxes for construction projects in those districts.
Both proposals require a four-sevenths supermajority, or 57.14 percent, for approval. And both districts have proposed similar bond measures in the past without success. But they're trying again.
In Jackson, voters will decide if the school district should spend $27 million to build new facilities and renovate space first constructed in the 1920s. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $128 more a year in property taxes. The issue failed by only a few votes last November.
Kelly voters will consider that district's bond proposal for the seventh time in eight years. The last time the issue was on the ballot was in April 2002.
At that time, the proposal required a tax increase, but not this year. The new plan includes building a high school with 15 classrooms and a library for $2.6 million. Another $900,000 would go toward a new multipurpose gym and cafeteria. The district's $3.17 tax would remain the same through 2008. If the issue passes, a 42-cent bond that is expiring would be extended for another 20 years.
Nobody likes to pay more taxes, and school board members know that when considering bond proposals and increases in taxes. And most boards also know that the situation is already dire when they start talking about bond issue.
But these bond issues can be considered investments. Good schools are beneficial for the entire community.
School boards make tough decisions when they decide to ask voters to approve bond issues. Voters also will make tough decisions April 5.