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District 12 to hold forums ahead of March referendum

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 11:29 p.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – Two upcoming forums will center on a March referendum that, if approved, would allow District 12 to finance building improvements and maintenance.

The first event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Johnsburg High School auditorium, will focus on the district’s finances and how the referendum would fit in.

The district has struggled with aging infrastructure and dropping enrollment, passing a “worst-case scenario” budget this past fall with a projected deficit of $1.4 million in its education fund.

If voters approve the referendum March 18, the district will be allowed to issue up to $41 million in new bonds – the exact number will be based on a cap that ties how much districts can borrow to equalized assessed property values – and property owners would see the bond portion on their tax bills stay the same instead of dropping as currently expected.

The money brought in would have to be used for building maintenance and improvements.

A second forum set for 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the school’s auditorium will address the district’s facilities. District staff, as well as the district’s architects and financial consultants, will speak.

The district has already put together a tentative but fairly comprehensive list of site, exterior and interior improvements – updated wiring, paving parking lots and replacing heating and air conditioning units – and possible enhancements for the district’s four schools.

More information will be posted to the district’s website, www.johnsburg12.org, as it becomes available, the district said in a news release.

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