School facility tax forum today, Sept. 7, at WCHS
A public forum on a proposed facility tax to pay for a new high school has been scheduled today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Woodford County High School library. In a booklet being made available to residents of the community, the Woodford County Board of Education explains why a new high school is needed and why a 6-cent facility tax is necessary in order to move forward with the construction of a high school before 2028. A new high school would bring expanded opportunities in academics, the arts and athletics, with features such as new science and engineering labs and an auditorium, the booklet states. Because of five recent school building projects costing about $34 million since 2004, the bonding capacity of the district (how much it can borrow) is $13.8 million - far less than the $46 to $47 million needed to build a new high school, the booklet states. A 6-cent facility tax would raise the district bonding potential to $53 million, which would pay for a new high school and provide dollars for additional facility needs, the booklet states. A Local Planning Committee recommended using the current high school building (built in 1964) for district-wide services such as Central Office, an alternative school and the adult education program. The booklet also explains that someone owning a home valued at $150,000 would have a tax bill increase of $90 a year if the 6-cent facility tax was enacted as proposed. Other upcoming public forums are scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the WCHS library, and Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Northside Elementary School in Midway.