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Citizens to Consider Ending Tax

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The Central Community School System sought voter approval on May 2, 2009 for an additional 1/2 cent Sales Tax to be used for land acquisition and construction of a New Middle School. When the board realized that the proposition being considered did not have an expiration date the board adopted a resolution on March 30, 2009 that would provide for the ending of the additional 1/2 cent Sales Tax when the sales-tax bonds issued for the Middle School Project were paid off.
 
On May 2, 2009 voters did approve the additional 1/2 cent Sales Tax and the project began. As the project has progressed and the board has been monitoring various phases some expressed a concern. The concern was "When final payments were made on the bonds which had been issued would the board holding office at that time honor the resolution which had been adopted?"
 
The board explored options available to it with their bonding attorney. As a result of the discussions with the attorney and a review by the State Bond Commission the board has called a Special Election on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The item which will be voted by the citizens is to provide for EXPIRATION of the 1/2 cent sales tax previously approved at the election held on May 2, 2009.
 
The vote will be a "Yes" or "No" vote. If the voters vote "Yes", then the 1/2 cent sales tax will end on final payment of all currently outstanding Sales Tax Bonds. If the voters vote "No" then the 1/2 cent sales tax will continue in existence with no ending date and would be authorized to be used only for constructing and improving schools, including school related buildings, equipment and facilities.
 
The Central Community School System would like to thank you for your past support and we look forward to your continued support as we seek to build a quality school system.
 
Respectfully,
Michael W. Faulk, Superintendent
 

1 Comment

  1. Nathan

    November 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I would like to thank the school board for keeping there word on this issue. It is a pleasure to see a tax get used for what it is intended for.

    Moving forward I hope our city can make good decision such as this because I am afraid our economic tax base is not moving forward fast enough. I realize everyone wants to maintain this country living atmosphere but running a growing municipality takes more then good decisions and people. I hope the mayor has something up his sleeve because that million dollar surplus could turn into a million dollar deficit overnight.

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