continued Douglas said the public should keep in mind interest rates are low and by bonding the district would be eligible for state aid. The district typically receives a 71 percent aid-to-bond ratio, which means taxpayers would usually pay about 29 percent of a bond. However, that number can not be confirmed until a plan is in place and paperwork has been submitted.
Former bond, sports debated
After a short presentation, those in attendance on Monday were split into groups to talk about the projects. They were asked to identify what they felt were priority items, how much they would be willing to bond for and if they would prefer smaller, systematic bonds to one large bond.
Many in attendance said they would like to see more transparency from the district.
Participants felt information should be placed online throughout the process and perhaps a survey should be conducted so more feedback could be gathered from the community at large, not just those with children at the district. Others wanted more definite numbers about state aid and a breakdown of how much certain bond sizes would cost taxpayers per home.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room,” said High School Principal Scott Landry, reporting for his table. “There is still a lot of perceived mistrust over the $93 million bond and I think that is hovering over this whole discussion.”
Some participants said they felt slighted by the 2003 bond because only half of the money went to infrastructure projects, which they presumed would have taken care of all the needed upgrades. Also, a full half of the money was used to create Eagle Elementary to deal with growing attendance, but in 2011 the district decided to close Clarksville Elementary.
Opinion was split on weather the district should bond to upgrade athletic facilities.