West Clermont voters to decide on bond issue

In less than two months voters of the West Clermont school district will decide whether it will have the funding to rebuild four schools and improve the athletic facilities at two others.

There is a 2.7 mills bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot. Campaign organizers have dubbed it The Bond that Builds, for if it passes the district would have the funding to rebuild Amelia, 74 years old, Brantner, 43 years old, Summerside, 54 years old, and Withamsville-Tobasco, 64 years old, elementary schools. Additionally, the money raised will be used to build new physical education, athletic and community-use facilities at Amelia and Glen Este middle and high schools.

According to the campaign committee Citizens for West Clermont, the cost of the bond issue is about $52 a year for the owner of a $100,000 house.

It has been 11 years since the last bond issue went before voters. Campaign officials stress that the money generated from a bond issue is for school buildings and facilities compared to operated levies that are for district costs, such as teacher salaries, text books and transportation.