City Schools of Decatur holding ‘information session’ on $75 million bond

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 12, 2015

Decatur School Board members will participate in an information session on a proposal to borrow $75 million to fund school construction.

The bond referendum will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. The information session will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, located at 231 Sycamore Street.

“City Schools of Decatur board members and staff will be in available to answer questions,” an announcement from the city says. “Find out more about the proposed school construction projects, so you can make an informed decision when you vote. This meeting is presented by Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board.”

Legally, Decatur School Board members cannot advocate for the approval or defeat of the bond referendum. A 2012 Attorney General’s opinion says that courts have ruled public officials, “may not use their resources to persuade voters to support or oppose a ballot question.” They can, however, provide information to voters.

Here is the full announcement from the city of Decatur:

Lifelong Decatur Presents:

City Schools of Decatur Bond Referendum Information Session

You are invited to attend an information session on the upcoming City Schools of Decatur bond referendum on Thursday, October 15, 6:30pm at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. City Schools of Decatur board members and staff will be in available to answer questions. Find out more about the proposed school construction projects, so you can make an informed decision when you vote. This meeting is presented by Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board. For more information about the bond, visit the City Schools of Decatur website athttp://csdecatur.net. For more information about Lifelong Decatur and the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

Lee Ann Harvey

Lifelong Community Coordinator

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan.
    Here’s something you won’t hear from the bond referendum cheerleader.
    1. If approved, taxes will go up significantly. You may be told that this will be only a few hundred dollars a year but no one will guarantee the amount. Decatur real estate experts have told me that the average increase will be anywhere from $500 to over $1,000 per year or more.
    2. It’s no secret that the bond referendum will not cover all the proposed expenses of increased enrollment. Taxpayers should be prepared to pay more down the road. Don’t be surprised that within a few years, another bond referendum or tax increase is needed.
    3. Supporters of the bond referendum are not promising anything beyond the spending of the increased revenue. There will be no freeze on assessments or millage rates. The board is under no obligation to keep taxes at current levels for even one year.
    4. The new superintendent has little or no experience dealing with an elected board. He is, in my opinion, a math guy, maybe capable of understanding the numbers but does he have the backbone to stand up to board members whose special constituents demand more and more?
    4. Finally, you will not be told that if the referendum fails (unlikely), the schools will continue to operate without much change. Yes classes will be larger and there will be more trailers but Decatur World will not come to an end.

    • Glenn Carroll

      Hey wow our taxes just went up 20% ANYWAY from DeKalb County’s reappraisal of our home … across the street from the Middle School modulars. Hope our residents wake up and vote NO GO.

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