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Monroe Chamber Board Votes to Support Monroe City School Tax Proposition

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the Monroe City School System’s twenty-year tax proposition that will be on the November 16 ballot.
MONROE (Chamber of Commerce) -- The Monroe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the Monroe City School System’s twenty-year tax proposition that will be on the November 16 ballot.

The proposal authorizes the Monroe City School Board to incur debt and issue bonds not to exceed $58.8 million to be used for the purpose of improving school buildings and related facilities, to acquire necessary equipment and technology and to provide more secure and safe school environments.

The general obligation bond will be paid through ad valorem taxes levied at an estimated 13.65 mills per year beginning in 2015.  While it is not technically a renewal, the 13.65 mills will replace an expiring construction and maintenance tax currently collected at the same rate.
 
Before taking a position on the tax, the Monroe Chamber Governmental Committee met with Superintendent Brent Vidrine to discuss the tax proposal and the use of the expiring $60 million bond used for construction and maintenance.  In addition, Superintendent Vidrine provided a tour of several Monroe City Schools to demonstrate how the funds would be used to improve facilities. Vidrine explained that the tax provides critical funding for the upkeep of Monroe City Schools and provides support for student learning through the purchase of new technology and by improving facilities.
 
The Chamber’s Governmental Division monitors the programs, policies and actions of all taxing authorities in Ouachita Parish.  Since businesses pay approximately 86% of all property taxes in Ouachita Parish, the Monroe Chamber is keenly interested in property tax initiatives.  After meeting with Superintendent Vidrine several times and reviewing the tax proposal, the Monroe Chamber board agreed that it is important to the wellbeing and education of the students who attend public schools in the city of Monroe that the tax proposal pass and the chamber board voted to support the  measure.

Early voting begins November 2-9 and the general election will be held Saturday, November 16.
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