We need to do something. We've been putting off a solution for years. The voters of this community are unwilling to vote to increase taxes yet they complain about the current situation. Two high schools will cost more money to operate than one. The question really becomes, how much do you want your taxes to increase? If you don't believe me, look at Columbia's school tax, it is $1.20 per $100 higher than ours. It's gone up every year for the last 5 years. Ours has stayed the same.
In Boone County, the Columbia School assessed tax on property was 4.7089 in 2007, 4.7292 in 2008, 4.7717 in 2009, 4.8492 in 2010 and 4.8812 in 2011. In Cole County, the Jefferson City School assessed tax on property was 3.6770 for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Do you think the voters of this school district are willing to pay the kind of taxes they are paying in Columbia?
Would you be willing to vote for a property tax increase for 2 high schools? Even if it's more than the proposed property tax increase?
You have to have a principal staff for every building. You have to have a food service staff for every kitchen. You have to have a physical education staff for every facility. You have to have a custodian staff at every facility. I'm not talking about duplicating teachers. I'm talking about the support staff. That is not flawed logic. Those are the facts.
Are you willing to raise your taxes enough to cover the costs of two staffs? When I looked at the options, I didn't think the taxpayers of this community would want to pay the taxes to cover two food service staffs, two principal staffs, two custodial staffs.
They will sell those, hopefully, to Lincoln. Right now, Lincoln does not have regulation track. I heard they wanted the JCHS stadium.
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