Monday, August 22, 2016

School Bond Votes Are Tuesday

Residents of the Gore School District and the Gans School District may vote on bonds issues for their school districts on Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following:

For Gore School District

-201—Landmark Missionary Baptist Church;

-203—Vian Nutrition Center;

-208—Blackgum Community Center;

-209—Gore Senior Center; and

-210—West Tenkiller Fire Department.

For Gans School District 

-102—Rural Water Department, U.S. Highway 64;

-103—Muldrow Public Library;

-303—Agent Mallory Martin Reception Hall;

-304—Brent Community Center;

-305—Central Fire Department; and

-310—Gans City Hall.

Gore School District

The Gore School bond proposal, for $4.9 million, if approved, will provide the school and community with a 26,170-square-foot events center for use by the school and the community, including an auditorium with a stage for school and community events, safe rooms on both the high school and elementary campuses, a multi-use concession stand, high school and junior high football and basketball dressing rooms, a training room for teams that doubles as a hospitality room for events and a classroom, plus parking on three sides for patrons.

The two safe rooms will also double as classrooms. At the high school the safe room will be used as a band room during the day. The elementary safe room will double as a learning lab during the school day. The safe rooms will be available to the public in times of emergency after school hours.

The stage and auditorium would have seating sufficient for tournaments, community events, graduations, plays, contests, funerals or any other need of the school or community.

The cost will be a monthly increase of $2.61 per month per $100 of yearly tax, or $6.53 per month per $250 tax, or $13.06 per month for a yearly tax bill of $500.

According to school officials the bond mills would average 26.88 mills over the life of the 10-year bond.

Gans School District

Gans School is also planning a vote on two bonds, for a total of $455,000. One bond proposal is for $315,000 and one is for $140,000.

The $315,000 is for the purchase of new school buses and two school vehicles. The $140,000 is for the construction equipping, repairing and remodeling of school buildings – gymnasium – and for the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

If approved, the bond would cost about 73 cents a month for each $100 of ad valorem tax paid.

The Aug. 23 election date was set aside by the state for a run-off election. However, there are no runoff elections in Sequoyah County, and the bond issues will be the only choices on the ballots, and the elections will only be in the respective school districts.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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