Will the third time be the charm?
Voters in the Boone Central School District will determine the answer to this question when they cast their ballots in one week, Tuesday, May 12.
After a $21 million proposal to build a new high school and renovate other buildings failed in 2012, supporters of the bond issue put together a $13 million plan that went before voters last November, which also failed by a narrow margin.
Voters are again asked to approve the proposed $12.99 million bond issue and cast their ballots, which arrived to all registered voters on April 23. Ballots must be received by the County Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on May 12 in order to be counted.
According to the Boone Central Bond issue website, most of the money will pay for renovations to classrooms, more buildings for athletics, enhanced security, and remodeling of the school kitchen. Secure entrances at the middle school in Petersburg would also be added.
The bond will increase property taxes by about $20 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For $250,000 in valuation, the addition cost will be about $200.
Boone Central is currently collecting 14 cents in its building fund, which is the maximum allowed. According to information provided, the district expects to lower that to 2 cents next year and collect 8 cents from the bond fund.
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Should the bond issue pass, the school could expect to see renovations begin as early as next year.