Dora school bond election set

By Christina Calloway

PNT senior writer

ccalloway@pntonline.com

Early voting starts Friday for a special Dora school bond election for a $1.5 million upgrade to the school district’s facilities.

Those who own property in Dora will be affected by the bond for 10 years. The bond term is 2015-2025.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

 

Here is a list of the proposed projects that the $1.5 million would cover for Dora Consolidated Schools:

Ag-shop

  • Heating and cooling
  • Garage door
  • Plywood on shop walls
  • Exhaust system

Main school building

  • Security cameras
  • Paint walls

Guy Luscombe Gym

  • Repair and paint west wall
  • Plumbing for locker rooms and rest rooms
  • Automatic light switches

Rogers Gym

  • Plumbing for the locker rooms and rest rooms
  • Heaters
  • Automatic light switches
  • Gym floor
  • Scoreboard

Preschool Building

  • Heating and cooling
  • Plumbing for rest rooms
  • Play area

Football field

  • Bleachers
  • Storage container
  • Lights
  • Rest rooms
  • Track

Baseball field

  • Painting
  • Bleachers
  • Storage container
  • Nets

Maintenance barn

  • Paint
  • Plywood
  • Garage door

Bus barn

  • Lights

 

The following chart provided by Dora schools shows the tax impact of the bond election for the first six months. The taxable value of a person’s property value is 33.3 percent. The applicable annual tax is 2 percent of the taxable value. The effect will be reduced by 66 percent after six months by the retirement of the current bond being paid off, according to Dora Superintendent Steve Barron.

Property value Taxable value Applicable tax
$60,000 $20,000 $40
$75,000 $25,000 $50
$90,000 $45,000 $60
$120,000 $40,000 $80

 

What the voters are saying:

“I’ll support it. My kids go to school here. Anything that will better our schools, I’m for it. I hope it makes the place look better and it’s good to have the upgrades. We don’t want any rundown buildings.”

Ray Pallares, father of two Dora students.

 

“I heard a little bit about it but I think the superintendent over the schools is going to talk to us (today). I have questions about it. Someone said it wouldn’t raise your taxes.”

Elmer Reed, a property tax owner

 

What: Dora Consolidated Schools special bond election

When: Early voting starts Friday and ends Nov. 1. at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. Election Day is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Dora schools.

Who can vote: Registered voters in Roosevelt County who live within the boundaries of the Dora Consolidated School District. You do not have to be a property owner to vote.

Information: 477-2216 for Dora schools and 356-8562 for the Roosevelt County clerk.

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