Volunteers sought to fight Champaign schools' bond issue
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign resident who wants to see local residents take a vote on Champaign school district's intent to issue $14.5 million in working cash bonds is recruiting volunteers to help him.
Don Kermath hosted a press conference at the Champaign Public Library to try to recruit people to pass petitions gathering registered voters' signatures.
The bond issue would raise property taxes about $25 a year for 20 years for the owner of a $150,000 house.
If 10 percent of registered voters in the school district sign a petition this month, the school district would have to ask voters on the November ballot for approval to issue the bonds.
The school district plans to use the bonds for geothermal systems at two of its middle schools, wireless technology at all of its schools and a new transportation, among other improvements.
Kermath and other volunteers have 25 days left to gather about 5,900 signatures of people who live in the school district.
Kermath said by Monday morning, he had 45 signatures.
He told attendees, many of whom were there for the Active Senior Republican Forum, that he'd like to see more discussion and community involvement on the issue. Putting the working cash bond issue on the November ballot would allow time to do so, he said.
Kermath pointed out that the press conference was separate from the forum. He started a website about the bonds, http://avoiceforschools.com.