Thursday, February 28, 2019

Roland Voters to Decide on New Event Center

Roland voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 5 to vote on two bond propositions that would equal a 8.26% school property tax increase. The tax would be used to pay for a $9 million multi-purpose community event center that would also serve the community as a storm safe shelter. A portion of the funds will also go for repairs to existing facilities.

According to an information sheet provided by Roland Superintendent Randy Wood, the goal is to "pass a bond to insure that our students will not only be housed and transported in safe and secure environments, but are also able to showcase their talents in an event center that aids and assists our community as well through its many possible uses."

Proposition 1 would provide for a proposed event center that would provide spectator seating for 1,425 plus a tornado shelter capacity of 3,500. The dollar value of the first proposition has been placed at $9,040,000

The bond would also allow for roof repairs on existing buildings, the addition of aluminum bleachers at the football stadium, a softball dressing facility and the purchase of two passenger vans. 

A second bond proposition on the ballot would allow for the purchase of two new school buses with cameras. The value of the second bond is $160,000.

The impact of the bonds would be an increase of  $0.69 per month for every $100 in property taxes that are paid. 

Roland's current millage is 13.1 and would increase to 20.01 with the passage of the bond which would still be lower than many of the surrounding towns.

If the bonds are passed the monies will be available beginning this summer. 

KXMX News Staff

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