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School district to seek tax levy increase in April!

posted Jan 12, 2017, 11:23 AM by Cabool R-IV Schools
Cabool School District voters will be asked in April to approve a levy increase to cover major repairs and renovations at the high school and elementary school buildings. Cabool Board of Education voted Monday evening to seek a $1.25 levy increase for capital improvements following community meetings gathering input from citizens over the past several weeks.

Board members acknowledge that the work needed is costly, but also that it is necessary if the district wants to keep its buildings from deteriorating further and facing possible condemnation, as was the case last year with the removal of the high school “C” building.

“We’re at a point where the can is no longer getting kicked down the road,” board member Jacob Reese said, referring to the years of postponing needed maintenance and repairs due to lack of funds. “We have the opportunity to put plans into effect so we’re not in this situation again in the future.”

“We’ve not had a tax increase for years and that’s why our buildings are in the shape they’re in,” said board member Shaun Watson.

Architect Gary Barbee of Sam Winn and Associates said the goal of the improvements proposed is to keep all the buildings sound, make them both safe and secure, and to bring buildings up to today’s standards.

Barbee said work at the high school would not change the buildings’ exterior appearance, but inside, the buildings would be totally renovated, floor to ceiling.

The tax levy being sought would need a simple majority of approval by voters in the April 4 election. If approved, it would run for 20 years.

News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise