The United Local School District has a bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot to rebuild most of the current school facilities. It has recently come to my attention how much "our share" has gone up since the school board last attempted to pass a bond issue 10 years ago. Not only would we now be paying a significantly higher percentage of the total cost, building costs have risen 43 percent since 2001. Residents of United: if not now, when, and at what cost?
2001- Our share 10 percent
2011- Our share 21 percent (this rate locked in until June)
June 2012 -Our share 24 percent
2022 - Our share - ?
2032 - Our share - ?
Can you see a trend developing? If state budget cuts continue, it is likely that this program will end, and we will have to pay 100 percent of the cost of any future improvements.
In 2007, South Range passed a bond issue to cover 48 percent of the cost of a new building. Their superintendent was quoted as saying that if they had waited until now to pass their bond issue, their share would have gone up to 62 percent. That's over a 29 percent increase in just four years.
Vote for the United Local bond issue on Nov. 8 while the state is still willing to pay the majority of the cost. Let's bring some of our tax dollars back to United If we don't use them, the next school in line will. It is the only practical decision we can make in order to ensure a future of excellence for generations to come.