Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Working together benefits taxpayers

February 17, 2005

Lansing City Council and School Board members meet tonight in a study session at City Hall, with issues related to the school district's bond referendum in the spotlight.

It's good to see the two elected boards, which together are responsible for levying millions of dollars in taxes on property owners, get together to discuss issues of common concern.

The referendum, which will take place April 5, will ask voters to allow the school district to borrow $23.6 million to build a new K-5 elementary school and add an auditorium to the Lansing High School campus.

The city has interest in the bond issue from several vantage points: What becomes of the current Lansing Elementary and Intermediate schools if the bond issue passes? What kind of infrastructure is needed around the proposed site of the new school? How will passage of the bond affect the overall tax picture?

The School Board, too, can clarify questions in the minds of City Council members about the need for the bond issue.

Though their missions are vastly different, the two boards largely serve the same taxpaying constituency. It only makes sense that they work together.

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