The General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6, and one of the biggest issues facing local voters is Proposition A, an $11 million bond request by Thayer Central Community Schools. Throughout the summer TCCS officials and the school board have held townhall style meetings and walking tours with question-and-answer sessions in an effort to spread information about the proposed improvements requiring the requested bond.
A second $4.8 million bond issue will also appear on the ballot, but is contingent on the passage of the first request. If Proposition A does not pass, Proposition B will become null and void. But if the issues are passed, says TCCS Superintendent Drew Harris in the district’s November newsletter, the school would generate funds through the sales of the bonds to do the improvements at one time and repay those expenses over the next 20 years.
“If the bond issue fails,” he noted, “the district will increase the levy to its general fund and building fund to do improvements as able and required over the coming years.” That cost could reach $4.4 million, he told patrons in August.
Information regarding the improvement plan is available at www.thayercentral.org; however, Harris said a final walking tour with a question and answer session will be available to the public Sunday, Nov. 4, prior to the election. Also, inside this issue, find detailed information on page 8.
County voting polls will be open Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Up to election day, voters have until Oct. 31 to request an “early voter” ballot by mail and Nov. 5 to cast an “early voter” ballot in person at the County Clerk’s Office.
Inside, find sample ballots on page 14.