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Last week, Taylor County School Board members unanimously approved a resolution adopting an extra nickel tax.
Predictably, opposition has arisen and petitions are circulating against the proposed tax. Ultimately, this issue may come before residents for a vote.
In the meantime, we encourage open, rational and intelligent discussion with factual information provided from both sides. See the story on today's front page.
There's no doubt we need school buildings that keep students and staff safe. We can't keep patching buildings that are falling apart. Superintendent Roger Cook states that all other possible alternatives have been researched, and the construction of new buildings is the only solution.
By itself, the District can bond $10.5 million. The nickel tax, if successful, would generate a $5.5 million bonding capacity. With the additional tax in place, the state would provide another $6 million. If Cook is successful in getting the elementary school added to the state's urgent needs list, an additional $13.5 million could be added.
Combined, that's a total of $35.5 million for construction.
The additional nickel tax is the only way to provide safe, up-to-date schools for our community's children. That means we have no choice but to support it.