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School District 12 referendum: Yes

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

A referendum on the March 18 primary ballot asks residents of Johnsburg School District 12 to allow the district to borrow up to $41 million in bonds to finance building improvements and maintenance needs.

All four of the districts schools need significant repairs – to roofs, windows, HVAC units, piping and more. Some of the issues are leading to significant foundational problems to the schools. If the referendum passes, the district also plans to modernize the schools.

The district last issued buildings bonds in 2000, and those are set to expire in about two years. If approved, taxpayers would not see an increase on their property tax bills. However, they would not see a decrease in their bills that the expiring bonds would trigger.

If the referendum does not pass, the district will have some tough decisions to make about its facilities.

We recommend District 12 voters approve the referendum.

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