St. Joe School Board Approves $107-million Bond for April Ballot

The St. Joseph School District Board of Education Monday voted to approve a $107-million bond issue to be placed on the ballot in April.

At a meeting Monday night the Board of Education voted by a unanimous margin of 7-0 to approve the measure for the April election. If passed by voters at that time, the District would convert both Lafayette and Benton High Schools into middle schools, upgrading he air conditioning at Central High School and building a new high school among other district improvements.

The $107-million bond would raise property taxes by 29.29-cents per $100 in valuation, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $55 more per year, and up to $85 for a home valued at $150,000.

The final ballot language has to be filed with the Buchanan County Clerk no later than today to appear on the April 6th ballot.