After several months of discussions and gathering information from area communities, the Randolph County Board is on the cusp of deciding whether to ask voters to support a bond.
Prior to the approval of the levy that's currently in place, Randolph Countians were presented with a very specific outline of what the funding would cover and what costs would come along with it. With an overwhelming response, voters said yes, but now that has resulted in some mixed reaction. While many are pleased with the improvements made to county schools and are looking forward to upcoming projects, others are complaining about the amount their taxes have increased.
This time around, the board also plans to give voters a concise description of the six projects and examples of how much they'd pay in taxes. The board hopes this will generate enough money for a one-to-one match with the state School Building Authority.
However, nothing is set in stone. Board members said this week that details of what might be included and how much the bond call would raise are still being determined. A vote by the board could come July 7 on whether to place the issue on the November ballot.
There is an immense need for upgrades at Beverly Elementary, Coalton Elementary, Harman, Homestead Elementary and Tygarts Valley High/Middle schools. If the board wants to be successful in its call, it needs to make the message of these needs clear. It also needs to keep costs to taxpayers as low as possible to gain support on top of the levy fees.
Voters need to realize that if they need or want improvements to their schools, they have to pay for it.