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Lafayette County Schools Hold Bond Referendum Meeting Tuesday

(From left to right) Lafayette County School Board Members Kimberly East, Judith Thompson, Brent Larson, Leroy Thompson and Bill McGregor at the July public meeting for the bond referendum. Photo by Talbert Toole.

By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff writer

The final public meeting on the Lafayette County School District’s proposal for a $23 million bond referendum for a new elementary school will be held Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons area of Lafayette High School.

This will be the final public meeting before the bond goes to vote on Sept. 11.

Representatives from the school district, the architects, and Innovative Construction Management will be there to discuss reasons of why the bond is needed and how the bond funds will be utilized. 

Representatives will also have a rendering of the proposed new Lafayette Elementary School that will be a part of the bond plan.

The floor will be open for questions from the public regarding the bond plans for the district and ways to relieve the overcrowding of the schools now and into the future.

The assessed value of the county is currently $155 million, which would allow the LCSD to borrow approximately $23 million if the bond passes.

If the bond passes, taxpayers of Lafayette county would most likely see a 1-mill tax increase on properties and car tags.

The 1-mill increase is applied to the total assessed value of a property and is $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.

If a 1-mill tax was applied to a $25,000 car, taxpayers would pay $7.50 a year.

As a temporary fix, Superintendent Adam Pugh has said the school district will be adding five or six trailers to campus for classrooms, but the trailers would not be for core classes such as math, science and English.

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