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School officials bypass mail-in ballot

August 4, 2005

Dollars and sense.

By putting forth a little of the former and a lot of the latter this November, voters in the Basehor-Linwood School District can be assured their schools will be well taken care of in future years, administrators said this week.

On Nov. 1, school district voters will decide on a $22.9 million bond issue, which would pay for a new elementary school (see related story, this page) as well as expansions and renovations to each school in the district, save for Basehor-Linwood High School.

Basehor-Linwood superintendent Jill Hackett broke down the economic sense of the proposal this week. For the owner of a $200,000 home, an approved bond issue would increase property taxes by $211.60 per year, or

$17.71 per month.

Or, boil it down further, Hackett said, and you'll find the bond issue would cost approximately 59 cents per day for that same homeowner. That's quite a bargain when considering an approved bond issue would allow the school district to double its capacity by allowing for 1,725 more students.

The measure is also approximately $7 million cheaper than two $29.9 million proposals put before voters in 2003.

"If people break it down like that," Hackett said, "how can anyone say that is not a good buy?"

This week, the Basehor-Linwood School Board met with administrators to round out some final details surrounding the bond issue. One of those details concerned whether to host a traditional ballot or mail-in ballot.

After discussion, School Board members approved moving forward with a traditional ballot.

"The board looked at statistics from other school districts regarding mail-in ballots and voter turnout," School Board president Kerry Mueller said. "We decided to use the traditional ballot in November because it is much more economical and we feel a mail-in ballot is not necessary now with the advance voting ballot."

Hackett said the bond issue -- a plan forged by school officials and community members alike -- is one that attempts to find an economically reasonable solution to needs brought on by area growth.

"For two years now, we have worked diligently at what the community has been saying to us," the superintendent said. "I feel like this plan truly does allow us to address what they asked us to address."

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