USD 410 to hold bond election

USD 410 will hold a special election on Jan. 23 with a school bond on the ballot.

“January 23 is quickly approaching. I would encourage all patrons to go out and vote,” said USD 410 Superintendent Clint Corby.

The district can fund a $13,350,000 bond with no mill levy increase. That means there are no new taxes for the bonds. This bond will extend the taxes already in place from the 2007 bond issue for an additional twenty years.

The new bond payments are being wrapped around existing bond payments to keep the mill levy rate from increasing. As a result of this approach, the mill levy used to repay the existing and propose new bonds is projected to remain at 13.707 mills (includes the interest amount) throughout the life of the bonds until the final payment in 2044.

The bond projects focus on student safety, infrastructure, and facility enhancements.

For safety, the main project is a tornado shelter that will function as additional classroom space. Secure entrances in the elementary school and the middle high school is also on the agenda as well as fire alarm system replacements and elevator repairs and improvements.

There are several projects planned for infrastructure enhancements including HVAC, broiler and chiller replacement, exterior brick repairs and restoration, furniture and carpeting repairs and replacement, roof replacement and guttering, plumbing improvements, painting, concrete repairs, door repairs and improvements and window replacements.

For facility enhancements, there will be auditorium upgrades, gym HVAC and painting, a greenhouse and kindergarten and 1st grade playground projects.

For a more detailed list of projects, please visit https://core-docs.s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/952/Hillsboro_USD_410/3707207/Bond_Issue_Handout_Proof_56323.pdf.

“Our schools are a reflection of our community. USD 410 has been successful because our community is successful,” said Corby. “Working together is important to make sure our community and schools continue to thrive.”

Advance voting can be done in person at the courthouse in Marion from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 16-19, or 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Jan. 22. Election Day is on Jan. 23. There are two polling locations. One at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church at 905 E. D Street in Hillsboro and the other at the Tampa Senior Center at 100 Main Street in Tampa.

Voters should contact the Marion County Clerk if they have questions about their assigned voting location.

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