New London hopes third bond attempt is a charmVote on $3.9-million referendum scheduled for Sept. 10
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — With 166 signatures on the petition, residents of New London Community School District will once again be going to the polls.
For the past month, the bond committee has been circulating a petition around residents of the New London school district calling for a special bond election for construction and renovation potentially totaling $3.915 million. The petition only needed 100 signatures for there to be an election. When the committee presented it to the school board on Wednesday night, there were 166 signatures.
The school board passed a resolution ordering the special bond election, which will take place on Sept. 10.
The ballot will contain three different questions regarding the bond issue. Each question is for a different portion of the project, and are summarized below
1. Up to $515,000 to provide funds to improve, renovate, repair, remodel, furnish and equip the existing Clark Elementary and middle school/high school buildings, including, but not limited to, academic area improvements and building security improvements
2. Up to $620,000 to construct, build, furnish and equip an addition to the existing middle school/high school building to be used as a new entrance/lobby and concessions area to serve the existing high school gymnasium; to improve, remodel, renovate, repair, furnish and equip the existing gymnasium lobby/corridor area; and to improve the site
3. Up to $2.78 million to construct, build, furnish and equip an addition to the existing middle school/high school for a practice/junior varsity size gymnasium and related support spaces; to improve, renovate, remodel, repair, furnish and equip the existing middle school/high school locker rooms and corridor; and to improve the site, including, but not limited to, parking areas, sidewalks/pedestrian walkways and canopies
It is possible for none, one, two or all three of the questions to be approved by voters. If all three are approved, the combined total cost of construction would be $3.915 million.
If all three are approved, taxpayers can expect an estimated $2.70 per $1,000 property tax rate increase.
For a residential property with an assessed value of $87,388, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $116.24, or $9.69 per month.
For a commercial property with an assessed value of $107,505, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $292.96, or $24.41 per month.
For agricultural property (land only on a per-acre basis) with an assessed value of $1,100, this amounts to an annual additional tax of $1.76 or $0.15 per month.
In addition, the school board also passed a resolution Wednesday night so there will be an additional question on the ballot to allow the district to continue to levy and impose a voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for an additional 10 years.
“It’s important to know that it’s something we’re already doing, and this is continuing it 10 years,” said School Board Secretary Jessica Boyer. “We’re not adding anything.”
“It’s a continuing PPEL, and it supports our 1:1,” said Superintendent Steve McAllister. “It’s supporting what we see so far as a very successful program.”
This tax would not exceed 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation of the taxable property and would be taken from a combination of property taxes and income surtax.
In other business, the school board:
- Approved the purchase of a 2104 Expedition for $35,137 and a 2014 Chevy Express van for $22,974.
- Approved the appointments of Mark Fedler, substitute bus driver; David Streeter, middle school volleyball coach; and Miriah Huntington, middle school/high school special education teacher.
- Approved adding 1.41 additional contract days for the guidance counselor. School Board Secretary Jessica Boyer explained that this was necessary due to a calculating error caused the counselor to be overpaid by $345. Rather than have her repay the school, the board voted to have her work an additional 1.41 days.