Chamber Supports the Columbia Public Schools Election Issues
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to support both the tax levy increase and the bond issue proposed by the Columbia Public Schools for the special election on April 3.
The Columbia Board of Education has called an election on Tuesday, April 3 to submit proposals for a property tax levy increase and bond issue with a debt service levy increase to Columbia voters. The bond issue proposal requires 57 percent approval, and the levy increase proposal requires simple majority approval.
On March 8, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee met with Superintendent Chris Belcher and members of the Columbia Public School Board. The tax levy increase will generate an additional $7.5 to $8 million per year in revenue.
Those funds would be used to offset the loss of state funding to uphold current programs; maintain and improve class sizes; meet student needs; and address classroom technology needs. The proposed bond issue is a $50 million.
Construction will include $39.2 million, as the other $10.2 will go to technology and other building improvements.
The Chamber Board of Directors met on Friday, March 16 and agreed to support both the tax levy increase and the bond issue.