MMC $20 million school bond vote nears
MARCUS -- On Tuesday, March 2, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District voters in Cherokee and Plymouth counties will go to the polls to answer three questions:
1) -They will be asked to authorize the increase of the tax levy rate to fund several potential projects, including additions to the high school and elementary school building, and changes to parking around the building.
2) - District asks for a bond of $18 million to fund those projects.
3) - District asks for a $2.1 million bond to fund a daycare facility that would be added to the elementary school wing in Marcus. (See letter to editor on Page 4 in today’s CT).
In the fall of 2019, the MMC school district voters defeated a comparable $20 million bond issue. Now, they are being asked to vote again on a similar “tweaked” version of the 2019 proposal.
A community meeting will be held on Feb. 22 in the MMC school gym to answer questions from District stakeholders.
The current school tax rate for the District is $9.38 and would go to $12.93 residential as proposed per $1,000 property value. This equates to approximately $183 per year increase, or about $15 per month. The average tax levy or Iowa schools is $14.26.
Ag land calculations total a $4.92 increase per acre based on average acre valuation of $1,650.