It could save lives and it won’t raise taxes.



It could save lives and it won’t raise taxes.

   The Ralls County R-2 school district is seeking voter approval Tuesday of a $1.4 million bond issue.

   Revenue would be used to build a tornado-safe multi-purpose facility at Mark Twain Junior High outside Center, repair the roof at New London Elementary and complete driveway work at the high school.

   “We have worked very hard to inform voters about the bond issue and we hope they see the advantages for students,” said Superintendent Deanette Jarman.

   A similar measure in April fell about 30 votes short of the four-sevenths majority needed for passage.

   Just like last time, Tuesday’s bond issue requires a four-sevenths majority. And just like last time, there would not be a tax increase.

   The district would use its debt service levy to pay off the bonds. The tax rate in that fund is 71 cents per $100 assessed valuation and would not change with passage of the issue.

   The multi-purpose building would be 100-by-100 feet and include an enclosed walkway from the junior high. A federal grant will part of the construction cost. It would be built to withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour,

   “The biggest advantage of the multi-purpose building is that it does provide safety for our students,” Jarman said. “In the event of severe weather, it would be a safe structure for them.”

   The building also would feature offices, locker rooms, an emergency generator, a data system and bleachers.

   Jarman said that in addition to being a community shelter, the building would be used for sports, concerts and other regular events.

   Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are 4,626 registered voters in the school district.