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Residents to vote on two addditional propositions

April 20, 2016

$470,000 Bus Purchase

On May 17, voters will consider a separate proposition to purchase three new 66-passenger buses, one new 28-passenger bus and one new wheelchair-accessible bus at a cost not to exceed $470,000.

The district’s bus fleet would not increase under the proposition because older, heavily-used vehicles that are becoming costly to maintain would be traded in toward the purchase of the new vehicles. The older vehicles have logged 128,000–181,000 miles over their lifetime.

If approved, the actual cost to the district will be significantly less because of the trade-in value and state aid reimbursement on 51 percent of the cost.

This reduces the local taxpayer share of the proposition to $219,900. This cost is already included in the debt service calculation for the 2016-17 proposed budget so it would not increase the proposed budget.

The proposition is part of the district’s annual bus replacement plan designed to keep buses in safe, working order while mitigating the cost to taxpayers.

$90,000 Property Purchase

Also on May 17, voters will decide on the $90,000 purchase of property for an extension of Solar Roadway to be used as an emergency egress.

This would allow the district to better control traffic congestion at the high school/middle school campus and allow for a quicker evacuation of the area in the event of an emergency.

This cost is already included in the debt service calculation for the 2016-17 proposed budget so it would not increase the proposed budget. der while mitigating the cost to taxpayers.