Miami Voters Will Decide $3.6 Million School Bond in April

Miami Voters Will Decide $3.6 Million School Bond in April
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The Miami School Board has gone back to the drawing board, dramatically reducing its ask from taxpayers who rejected a nearly $23 million school bond last year.

Interim Superintendent Terry James says “The last issue again was a strong aggressive, one. But for these more modest requests this community has a strong history in supporting bond issues, this community values its schools.”

In April, voters will consider a new plan that would cost $3.6 million, to be paid over six years.

James says “This would just be a basic nuts and bolts conversation with the community.”

The money would pay for fixes to the high school’s leaky roof and parking lot, extra classroom space at the new consolidated 4th & 5th grade center at Nichols Elementary and more secure entrances that open up to administrative offices at most schools.

“Nichols is a good example when one enters the existing building you go straight into a cafeteria….we’re going to have to reconfigure that whole building for a new entrance.”

High School parent Kathryn Wenzel says “I’m very hopeful that the Miami people will come and get behind and realize that it’s so needed. The parking lot out here is so full of potholes that it’s dangerous to drive in it. And the roof leaking in many places, we’re in trouble. We need help.”

Former student Justin Walker says “I don’t think I will just because the pot holes are bad. I don’t think there’s a problem with the roof. That’s a lot of money to be fixing something like that.”

Parent Rachel Neukam says “It’s kinda expensive for people especially our single parents, trying to struggle right now with everything going and all the taxes are high right now.”

Miami resident Warren Wilbur says “It may be more affordable. It’s the question, is it affordable for me? Yes, it is. And therefore I would support it.”

If the 7.53% millage increase is approved by voters on April 5th, homeowners who pay a $100 worth of property taxes a year would see a 63 cent increase on their monthly bill within the first year. After the first year, that millage rate will also decrease.