Jul 28, 2014

Volunteers Hit the Streets for $81 Million Bond Issue

62 people show up Saturday to help spread the word

Volunteers Hit the Streets for $81 Million Bond Issue

The campaign for the Strongsville School District's $81 million bond issue went to the streets Saturday, with volunteers knocking on doors to spread the word about Issue 116.

Ward 3 Councilman Jim Carbone, who is helping lead the campaign, said 62 people gave up their Saturday to help with the Walk and Talk.

"I think they came back more excited than when they left because of the great feedback they got from people they talked to," Carbone said.

The Walk and Talk targeted people who have voted in the last few general elections.

"I think people really appreciated us going to them," Carbone said. "They had a chance to ask questions and get them answered."

Issue 116 is an $81 milion bond issue that would pay to build a new middle school on the site of the existing Center school, consolidating the two buildings into one to save operating money for the district. 

It would also pay for extensive upgrades, especially in technology, at Strongsville High School and would make needed repairs at the elementary schools.

The $81 million, 33-year bond issue would cost homeowners $95 a year for every $100,000 in home valuation, but because other bond issues that currently cost $77 a year are expiring, homeowners would see their taxes rise only $18 a year per $100,000 of home value.

So far, the response has been positive, according to Carbone, who said residents know the school buildings need improvements and want to keep the community strong. 

"The phone banks are showing the same thing," he said. "People are supporting the issue."


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