Renick to Vote on School Tax After Tornado Damage

9 years 6 months 5 days ago March 28, 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:28:19 PM CDT in News

Tuesday's ballot issue might face a challenge, however, after a tornado ripped through the small Randolph County town last month. Some residents want to put money into rebuilding, not higher taxes. If the proposal passes, the owner of a $60,000 home would pay about $50 more per year.

School officials say that's a small price for a district with big problems, including crowded buildings and a kitchen that's on its last legs.

"We've got some sewer line issues that are deteriorating," said Superintendent Tara Lewis. "Our water lines aren't big enough to properly run the dishwashing system we have."

The school board proposed raising property taxes to build a gym, cafeteria and kitchen. But, residents said another tax would be a heavy burden after a last month's twister.

"A lot of people are without homes and trying to deal with that, fixing homes," said Bill Crabtree. "They'd rather put the money in the house where they live than have to pay higher taxes and everything."

District officials promised residents won't see a tax hike immediately.

"We just want to have that there for future boards in case they ever need to use that money," said Lewis.

"I really don't think they ought to raise them," Crabtree responded. "Let's wait a year down the road and let everybody recuperate from what's happened already."

The new school projects would cost $1.5 million. If the proposal passes, the tax would run through 2025.

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