Home Opinion Editorials An opportunity Imbler should not pass up
An opportunity Imbler should not pass up
Voters in the Imbler School District have an opportunity this month to
do something positive for their community and the community’s future —
approve a bond for new school buildings. Never will the cost be lower
than what is being presented in a Sept. 21 special election.
The opportunity, though, is even more significant than helping to ensure adequate school buildings for years to come. The school district has received approval of a Qualified School Construction Bond that translates to zero percent interest on the building bond. The estimated tax rate will be $2.35 per $1,000 of assessed value. That compares to a rate of $4.49 per $1,000 for a $4.25 million bond that was rejected by voters in 2003. Too, deduct the $1.18 per $1,000 that Imbler property owners were paying for the ag building through 2008, and the net tax increase for this bond will be $1.17. That’s a bargain by anyone’s standards. School officials are going bare bones in designing a new elementary building and gymnasium/multipurpose building. There are no frills. But the new buildings would be safer and far more efficient than the buildings they would replace — the Red Building (constructed in 1912), Wade Hall (1929) and the east wing of the elementary (1954). Estimates in 2003 placed the cost of upgrading those buildings at $6.5 million. Simply put, the buildings have outlived their
Property owners in the Imbler School District will likely never seen a better opportunity to enhance their district’s facilities — enhancements that, by anyone’s estimates, are long overdue.
Imbler voters need to weigh in on this bond. The district needs a 50 percent voter turnout in addition to a majority of votes to pass the bond measure. A double majority is needed in non-primary or general elections.
Although there is a cost involved, a community’s school children are worthy of the investment. Imbler voters should not hesitate to weigh in and say that their kids matter. Vote yes.