Leave it as it is and get a lot of important work accomplished.
That’s what Morenci Board of Education members are asking from voters next Tuesday. By leaving the existing millage rate in place for the next five years, the school will be able to generate $1.4 million for maintenance needs at the two older school buildings.
If the bond proposal fails, the millage rate from the middle school construction project will begin to decrease at an average of less than $40 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, or about 11 cents a day.
Business owner Adam Johnson—a member of a committee working for passage of the proposal—walked through the 50-year-old elementary school and 40-year-old high school to get a first-hand look at the problems.
“If we don’t do it now, it’s going to become more expensive,” Johnson said, noting that the work has to be done at some point.
“If we don’t pay for it through this bond proposal, it’s going to subtract from our fund equity. If that goes down, it’s going to seriously impact the education of our kids.”
Johnson sees the proposal as a painless way to cover the expenses since no one will pay any more than they’re already paying.
Johnson said he heard from one citizen who was concerned that money might not be spent as intended. That’s not a valid concern, he said, because the state treasurer’s office closely audits spending...