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School Board Approves $179M Ref for Nov Ballot

Dorchester County School District Two seeks funds for school improvements and construction of new schools.

Dorchester Two's school board unanimously approved placing a $179-million referendum on the November ballot this week.

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The referendum asks voters to vote for or against the bond, and then asks a follow-up question, dependent upon the first question being approved. The second part of the question asks whether or not voters would approve another $7.5 million to go toward building an aquatic center.

The aquatic center would teach water safety to all elementary school students in the district, and would be partnered with the YMCA, which would handle the operation and facility maintenance, and provide a life guard, according to Dorchester Two spokeswoman Pat Raynor. 

Here is how the questions will look to voters:

Question 1:

Shall the Board of Trustees of School District No. 2 of Dorchester County, South Carolina, be authorized to issue and sell, either at one time as a single issue or from time to time as several separate issues, general obligation bonds of School District No. 2 of Dorchester County in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $179,910,000, the proceeds of which shall be applied to defray costs of issuance of such bonds and the costs of:

a. the design, construction, equipping and furnishing of three elementary schools and a middle school of the arts;

b. renovations, repairs, expansions, equipment and furnishings at Eagle Nest Elementary, Flowertown Elementary, Newington Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, Summerville Elementary, Alston Middle, Oakbrook Middle, Ashley Ridge High, Fort Dorchester High and Summerville High; and

c. capital improvements at other facilities of the School District to include conversion of Rollings Middle School of the Arts to office/administrative space, roof repairs, improvements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning and installing wireless throughout the School District

In favor of the question [ ]

Oppose to the question [ ]

Question 2:

In the event that Question 1 above is approved, shall the Board of Trustees of School District No. 2 of Dorchester County, South Carolina, be further authorized to issue and sell, either at one time as a single issue or from time to time as several separate issues, general obligation bonds of School District No. 2 of Dorchester County in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $7,500,000, the proceeds of which shall be applied to defray costs of issuance of such bonds and the costs of designing, constructing, equipping and furnishing an aquatic center?

In favor of the question [ ]

Oppose to the question [ ]

According to district Chief Financial Officer Allyson Duke, a referendum in this amount would create an increase of $84 on a $100,000 house and $25 on a $20,000 car in the county. 

According to Dorchester County Auditor J.J. Messervy, an owner-occupied home in the limits of Summerville currently pays $685.20 per $100,000, adjusted with property tax relief but not including fees. A non-owner-occupied home in town pays $2,095.20 per $100,000, adjusted with property tax relief but not including fees.

The referendum and .

Billy October 31, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Part of an optimum condition would be to pay our teachers and optimum salary. If we could get and keep quality teachers they could teach under a tree and still get the optimum report card.
Billy October 31, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Tom, and Dorchester County is one of the fastest growing counties on the country let alone the state. so...yeah...what is DD2 doing with this increasing tax money from growth? Good call.
Gretchen October 31, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The increased amount of TAXES paid by the new houses NEVER COVERS the increased cost of everything. Just think about it... more schools, more police, bigger sewage treatment plants, more capacity at the water company, more firemen, bigger libraries, wider streets, more traffic lights. We pay so little taxes around here, there is NO MONEY to pay the teachers and police a decent wage. However, the school referendum only pays for the BUILDING of the school. There will be MORE COSTS for desks, books and teachers. I really don't think this referendum is going to pass in this lousy economy !
Tom Utley October 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Don't we pay a water and sewage bill? I know I do. That's beside the point though. If it costs the government more to keep up with population growth than the revenue the population growth brings in... then maybe there's something wrong with the idea that the government should be providing all these services in the first place. Just a thought.
Gretchen October 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
YES TOM we pay a sewer and water bill ... but do you really think that takes care of all the expenses they have? NO ! They need IMPACT FEES ... but as long as we keep electing people who are bought and paid for by the realtors and developers, the tax payers are going to keep paying OVER AND OVER. Who pays for a traffic light at an intersection where there are 100 new homes? THE DEVELOPER??? Or the taxpayers. I'd like to know the answer to that question.

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