Vienna residents discuss bond issue

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) — Dozens of people packed into Matthews High School in Vienna on Sunday afternoon to learn more about a 9.5 mil bond issue that would bring the district a new K-through-12 complex.

The building would cost about $30 million, with the state kicking in 19 percent of the financing. Voters will decide whether it passes in less than a month.

On Sunday, It was all about information.

Janice Thomas was one of about 50 people that filled the cafeteria of Mathews High School.

“This was very informational,” said Thomas.

The amount of money she has coming in each month is fixed. So the idea of combining a bond issue with what she already pays for levies passed in 2011 and 2012 has her worried.

“The main concern with the bond is the fact that being on a fixed income we have to figure out where we’re going to come up with an extra $1,000 a year,” said Thomas.

Superintendent Lew Lowery was one of the district leaders who spoke at the meeting about what the levy would mean for students.

“I think it’s very important for our kids. We live in a modern age and technology is a major part of it and in order for us to deliver the technology that our kids need, you earned a newer facility,” said Lowery.

The high school is nearly 100 years old and the elementary schools are broken up into two buildings. One is Kindergarten-through-2nd grade and the other 3rd through 6th.

He said having one building would save money.

“We do shuttles back and forth between those two buildings. A single complex would eliminate the need for shuttles between the two buildings,” explained Lowery.

The bond issue would raise about $24 million over the next 37 years. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home, $327 a year.

“That’s a real hardship on us, and I’m sure a lot of other people in this farming community,” added Lowery.

In the end, the meeting didn’t change Thomas’ mind.

“Definitely against it right now,” said Thomas.

However, she said no matter what happens, she does have faith in the district.

“I do believe in Mathew’s Community School districts but I think they need to take different action in asking the community to cover this bond,” said Thomas.

You can find more information about the levy here.


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