Monticello board to decide on 2 ballot questions
MONTICELLO — After nearly three years of research, the school board will decide Aug. 14 whether to ask voters to help fund construction of a new high school.
Also being considered for the same Nov. 4 ballot is a 1 percent countywide school facilities sales tax that could generate about $400,000 per year for Monticello.
Board members spent about two hours discussing the issues at a retreat/special meeting last week.
Gary Huisinga admitted he had to come around to the idea that the ballot questions were needed, and that the learning curve that began last fall will need to continue in order to gain voter approval.
"When we started this process, I wasn't so sure that I would be at this point of being in favor of this. It's taken getting educated in this, along with weighing it and listening and looking at the numbers," Huisinga said. "We're heading in the right direction, but there's going to have to be a major concerted effort."
One key point to any campaign will be to inform the public as to why there may be two questions on the ballot.
If both are approved, the sales tax money could be used to fund a portion of high school building bonds, which could reduce a tax hike by about 15 cents per $100 assessed valuation.
Only voters in the Monticello school district would see the high school referendum question in November, while all Piatt County voters would weigh in on the sales tax.