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ANOTHER GCCS 1028 Resolution...22 Million this time!


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#1 TeacherKY

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 12:37 PM

There will be a special board meeting on Monday November 21st at 7 o'clock at the Greater Clark administration building for the purpose of approving 1028 Resolutions for 3 proposed projects:

 

  • Northaven renovation project $6 million Projected tax impact 1.97 cents/ $100 AV

 

  • Charlestown Middle project $7 million Projected tax impact 2.3 cents/ $100 AV

 

  • River Valley project $9 million Projected tax impact 2.96/ $100 AV

 

Once the Board passes this (which they will) the community will have 30 days to gather signatures for or against.

This $22 million in bonds is in addition to the $8 million the board approved a few months ago.

The decision about what to do with Maple and Spring Hill won't be made until spring and could possibly mean more bonds.

Go to gcs.k12.in.us to view the agenda although no specifics are given

 

 

So for those of you NOT PAYING ATTENTION...they want to take out an additional 22 million less that SEVEN months after the 8 million they asked for in April.  According to the administrator's estimates in the April Resolution hearing, the cost of enclosing all three schools according to code would be 2 million per school over three years...so if my math is correct that is six million (2 million per school) x 3 (years) = 18 million.  SO WHY ARE THEY ASKING FOR 22 MILLION?  THAT'S 4 MILLION MORE THAN ESTIMATED MERE MONTHS AGO!!  

 

For the April 5th meeting at which the 1028 Resolution was approved there were fancy PowerPoints and lots of information put out there for the public to see what the money was being spent for.  Now, there is NO INFORMATION!!!!  Nothing has been posted on BoardDocs, nor is the meeting published on the Greater Clark County Schools Facebook page. 

 



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:49 PM

I am curious.   Because these projects are each over $2 million, will they have to be voted on by the taxpayers of the community?



#3 IntegrityMatters

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 03:56 PM

They are subject to the Petition and Remonstrance process. If 100 people sign a petition to force this to go to Petition and Remonstrance within 30 days, then it becomes a race for whichever side gathers the most signatures. If there are more against than for, the school district cannot move forward or else they must take it to a referendum

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 04:09 PM

It is time for REAL transparency if this is to be passed. No one is against school safety but taxpayers should not be forced to cough up millions of dollars without details. And not just for these projects but what can be expected in the next few years -- specifically with Maple, Spring Hill, New Washington and other schools. These 3 projects will add $30 in bonds just shortly after the $109 million referendum failed. Are we to expect another $30 million next year and the year following as well?
People deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This board and administration has lost all credibility. They must be willing to release detailed information prepared by Kovert Hawkins, not slick Power Point presentations that give bits and pieces. Time to regain the people's trust and it won't happen when so much goes on behind closed doors.

Edited by IntegrityMatters, 20 November 2016 - 04:10 PM.

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 09:27 AM

It is time for REAL transparency if this is to be passed. No one is against school safety but taxpayers should not be forced to cough up millions of dollars without details. And not just for these projects but what can be expected in the next few years -- specifically with Maple, Spring Hill, New Washington and other schools. These 3 projects will add $30 in bonds just shortly after the $109 million referendum failed. Are we to expect another $30 million next year and the year following as well?
People deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This board and administration has lost all credibility. They must be willing to release detailed information prepared by Kovert Hawkins, not slick Power Point presentations that give bits and pieces. Time to regain the people's trust and it won't happen when so much goes on behind closed doors.

 

The warning went out.  

Act fast or Pucker Up.  :zorro:  :pirate: 



#6 IntegrityMatters

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 11:30 AM

NOTICE: PETITION AND REMONSTRANCE PROCESS

Projects financed by bonds that exceed $2 million and are less than $10 million are subject to the Petition and Remonstrance process.
Greater Clark approved 3 separate projects at their Board meeting on November 21st. The 3 projects are for $6 million; $7 million and $9 million -- total of $22 million. These are for renovations to Northaven, Charlestown Middle School and River Valley respectively.

Because these projects will affect your property taxes, taxpayers have the right to object to these projects if they so desire. The process that must be followed is in 2 separate phases.

Phase I - Once the entity (school district) publishes a notice of their determination to issue bonds for a controlled project, property owners and registered voters within the district may make application for the full petition and remonstrance process. This application requires the signatures of at least 500 property owners and/or registered voters.

This phase must be completed within 30 days of the date the school district published their notice - which they did on November 22nd.
If 500 or more signatures are obtained within that 30 day period and the school district publishes notice of its intent to continue with the controlled projects, then Phase II begins.

In Phase II, property owners and registered voters who favor the projects and those who oppose the projects must collect signatures in support of their position. The side with the most signatures at the end of the signature collection period wins.

We are now in Phase I and need at least 500 property owners or registered voters to sign the application requesting that the full Petition and Remonstrance process be followed in order for the taxpayers to have a say in these projects.

If you would like to sign the application, please send me a message and I will let you know how you can sign.  Thank you.



#7 IntegrityMatters

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:08 PM



NOTICE: PETITION AND REMONSTRANCE PROCESS -- Phase 1 SUCCESSFUL !!

We were notified today that we were successful in obtaining over the 500 signatures necessary to require the school district follow the full Petition and Remonstrance process. The school district must now decide whether to move forward with their proposal, amend it, or withdraw it.

If the school district moves forward, taxpayers will now have the right to object to these projects if they so desire.

The taxpayers need FULL disclosure in order to get on board with these projects, some of which are needed and desirable. But refusing to release information only adds to the skepticism and distrust that people have. A recent request for more detailed information regarding the projects was denied. This Board and administration need to be transparent if they expect people to approve these bonds.

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to obtain the necessary signatures in such a short period of time.


Keep watching for more information in the near future.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:53 AM

Yes, Congratulations who wants our kids and teachers to be safe anyways. They will be fine. Teachers just learn to deal with it. We are very frugal with our money.



#9 kelley

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 02:24 PM

That's not fair.

Taxpayers shouldn't be expected to give government entities carte blanche to raise taxes because of emotional blackmail. Absolutely no one wants kids to be unsafe, and there is nothing about insisting on fairness and transparency that makes them unsafe.
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#10 Hickory Huskers

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 07:30 AM

Yes, Congratulations who wants our kids and teachers to be safe anyways. They will be fine. Teachers just learn to deal with it. We are very frugal with our money.

 

The teachers should just follow the example set by their school board and steal whatever they need.



#11 apirateatheart

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

But Hickory - Didn't the School Board fire a principal who did just that a couple years ago, possibly while Ms. Perkins was on the Board?



#12 Hickory Huskers

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 04:08 PM

That sounds like the kind of hypocritical thing this board would do.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:49 PM

Exactly






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