District to Place Bond Issue on the April Ballot

District to Place Bond Issue on the April Ballot
Posted on 01/26/2021
Bond Issue Graphic w/Benton Theatre

(January 25, 2021) At its regularly scheduled January meeting the St. Joseph Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $107 million bond issue on the April 6, 2021 ballot. 

Data gathered from parents, staff, community organizations and taxpayers the past two years was used to determine the best way to meet the current needs facing the district. 

Voters will be asked to consider making an investment that would provide equal and additional academic opportunities for students and make various infrastructure improvements to facilities across the district.

If approved by the public, money generated from bond indebtedness would be used for the following capital projects: 

  • Acquire, construct, equip and furnish a new high school;
  • Renovate, upgrade and install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the Central, Lafayette and Benton buildings;
  • Upgrade athletic facilities;
  • Upgrade Hillyard Technical Center;
  • Complete repairs and improvements to existing facilities in the District; and
  • Install HVAC systems in other buildings within the District (if funds are available).

According to Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl, the proposed bond issue is a good step forward, but will not take care of all the district’s facility needs. 

A 4/7’s majority vote is required to pass the issue. Taxpayers who own a $150,000 home (market value) in St. Joseph would pay between $80-85 per year in additional county taxes.

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