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Mail-in Vote to Decide 2014 Bond Issue

Jeff Garretson - December 11, 2013 2:06 pm

After more than a year of site studies, planning and community meetings, Salina USD 305 Board of Education approved a resolution yesterday to place a $110.7 million bond issue on the April 8, 2014 mail-in ballot.

305 Superintendent Bill Hall tells KSAL News that pushing the issue into the future could end up costing the citizens of Salina more money, “Right now the state of Kansas will pay twenty seven-percent of the cost of this bond issue in the form of state aid,” he said.

Hall added that each year the legislature bats around the idea of doing away with the aid package, “At this point in time the state of Kansas will pay almost a third of the cost of this,” he said.

“If we wait a year or two it may fall upon our local taxpayers to pay the whole thing.”

The mail-in election would address district needs including safety and security, all-day kindergarten, career and technical education and improvements at both high schools.

Prior to the election, a ballot will be sent to all registered voters who live within the school district boundaries. March 7th is the deadline to register and receive a ballot by mail.

Total Potential Bond Cost Overview:
· Total elementary project costs: $25,841,160
· Total middle school project costs: $ 8,148,000
· Total high school project costs: $75,672,115
· Total Other Attendance Centers Project Costs: $ 1,041,000
Total Potential Bond Cost: $ 110,702,275

Fuchs Mi

December 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

VOTE NO. This is the worst case sernio the school board has pulled. Someone needs to have the attorney generals office investigate this tactic by the school board of sending out ballots. This should be against the law and each and every person involved should be arrested and jailed. Our taxes have shy-rocketed in this area and we do not need another 110 Million dollar bond issue. They have not even paid back the last bond that us voters approved nor have we seen any validation of where those monies were spent. By sending out ballots this vote can be rigged by the school board very easily. Bill Hall and the school board are over stepping their authority. Taxpayers lets get together and send them our message which is a big fat NO.

Terry Clark

December 12, 2013 at 9:46 am

Current expenses will be bankrolled by a bond and forced on future generations. By what stretch of the missing rational imagination is that sound public policy?

Should taxpayers really be paying for “security” that indoctrinates students to accept and get used to a police state?

Why reward the Board’s failure to do routine maintenance in a timely manner by giving them money to build new stuff (“improvements”) when the old, had it been properly maintained, would still be good?

I’d give the Board an “F”.

Red Neck

December 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I will tell you boys something I do not like this at all. This school system has over stepped its bounds by trying to do this this way and I also believe it is illegal on their part. How many false ballots will come in? people should go to a polling place to vote on this. This school district needs to size down. There payroll is out of sight and they need to get rid of half the people they employ. I am voting NO and I will make sure everyoneI talk with will do the same thing.

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