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Miami, Oklahoma school district bond proposal would mean a property tax increase

16 percent increase in property taxes if passed

Miami School Bond at 6

MIAMI, Okla. - UPDATE -- Voters in Miami have approved Proposition No. 2. 64 percent of voters were in favor, 35 percent were against.

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According to Miami school district officials, the Will Rogers middle school has run its course.

There are many structural issues. They are seeing continuous flooding in the basement; they are using steel pipes to keep classroom walls from collapsing as well as ADA compliance issues like hallway and staircase width.

Superintendent Jeremy Hogan says a plan has been proposed.


"It’s going to be expensive to address all those issues, a matter of fact it’s 8.7 million dollars to address the issues at Will Rodgers middle school."

"We want to take our 6th grade and add an addition at our upper elementary and make that a 4th through 6th center, at Nicholas upper elementary, and then take our 7th and 8th and move them to the current High School campus and what we would do there is make a Junior High set up of 7th 8th and 9th grade and then we would build a new addition off of our current high school for 10th through 12th."

These new additions are a part of two bond proposals to be voted on by Miami residents. The proposals also include new storm shelters and new school buses.

The bonds would total 19.1 million dollars and would mean a 16 percent property tax increase for residents. That would equal three dollars and 74 cents per month.

Some, like science teacher Sam Allen, are voting for the proposal.

"I see that as hey that’s a drink at our local coffee shop, that’s a happy meal for my 4 year old at McDonalds, I see that you know I can do one little thing a month to do that because we need to invest in our kids and our community and it starts in the classroom at our schools."

Those against the proposals declined to be named, but they said they don’t agree with an increase in taxes as many are already struggling in the area.

Bond proposals require 60 percent super majority to pass.

For Hogan, a pass is their only option right now.

"If we don’t get it through this bond proposal, we’re going to have to move out of that facility somehow and we don’t have a plan b at this time."

If passed, the additions will take two years to be completed.

Miami residents will vote tomorrow, May 14th, 2019.


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