Passage of proposition will not increase taxes

When Hannibal voters go to the polls on Tuesday, April 2, they will see two local propositions on the ballot. One of the measures is Proposition C.A.R.E., which was placed on the ballot by the Hannibal School District No. 60.

To learn more about Proposition C.A.R.E. the Courier-Post submitted some questions to Superintendent Susan Johnson. Following are her responses:

What is Proposition C.A.R.E.?  

The Hannibal School District has a No Tax Increase Bond Issue aka Proposition C.A.R.E. on the April 2 ballot. The support of Proposition C.A.R.E. will allow the Hannibal School District to borrow $14.5 million for the purpose of providing funds to install, replace, and update the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and control systems at Hannibal High School, Hannibal Middle School, Hannibal Career and Technical Center, and Korf Gymnasium; to complete work district-wide security and safety improvements; plumbing and electrical service improvements; to the extent funds are available, to replace windows, doors, and lighting system upgrades throughout the District.

Will my taxes go up if Proposition C.A.R.E. is approved?

No!

How would the money be used if Proposition C.A.R.E. is approved?

The following projects will be completed using money from bonds: District-wide Improvements; Campus-wide lighting upgrades - LED fixtures; District Controls Integration.

Hannibal High School/Hannibal Career and Technical Center Improvements: Replace existing single pane windows with new high efficiency double pane windows; Install new suspended ceilings throughout classrooms; Install new suspended ceilings in corridors; Replace existing acoustical ceiling tiles in the Auditorium; Electrical improvements - Bury existing overhead wires in Porter Stadium; Electrical improvements - Increase electrical system capacity; HVAC Improvements - Replace existing steam heat with new high efficiency boiler and add air conditioning; Plumbing Improvements - Replace deteriorating water system; Remove and replace existing water heaters, softeners, and all piping in existing boiler room; Plumbing Improvements - Reconfigure restrooms so they are ADA accessible; Add air conditioning to shop areas; Renovate existing football locker room; relocate existing concession stand and bathrooms.

Hannibal Middle School: Replace existing single pane windows with new high efficiency double pane windows; Replace gym windows with new translucent panel system; Install new suspended ceilings throughout classrooms; HVAC Improvements - Replace existing steam heat with new high efficiency boiler and add air conditioning;  Plumbing Improvements - Reconfigure restrooms so they are ADA accessible;Electrical Improvements - Increase electrical system capacity.

Korf Gymnasium: Replace existing single pane windows with new high efficiency double pane windows; Replace gym windows with new translucent panel system; Replace main entrance with new double pane windows, doors and upgrade HVAC in lobby; HVAC Improvements - Replace existing steam heat with new high efficiency boiler and add air conditioning; Electrical Improvements - Increase electrical system capacity

Would these projects still be undertaken if Proposition C.A.R.E. did not pass?

No. However, we must address the plumbing issues and boiler system concerns and if Proposition C.A.R.E. does not pass we will have to use our existing budget money and do without somewhere else.

What level of approval will be needed, a simple majority, a super majority?

The April 2, 2019 election requires a four seventh (57.14 percent) majority vote to pass.