About 17 Residents Show Up For Latest Building Bond Referendum Meeting
Round Lake Area Consolidated School District 116 held another $29,000,000 Building Bond Referendum special meeting for those who were unable to attend the previously held evening meeting. That meeting had approximately 29 adults present besides the school administrators and staff members. This mornings meeting had even less with only about 17 people in attendance. The first half hour consisted of the same Power Point presentation I had posted the other day. The remaining portion of the meeting consisted of questions and answers. Several of those are included in the video below. One homeowner who has lived in the Round Lake area for many years with three grown children who all attended the RL school system, expressed concern as to where the money would come from to pay the higher taxes over the next fifteen years. She, as well as another man, asked why the plans couldn’t be scaled back rather than be at the maximum bonding amount.
A supporter of the referendum tried to convince those in attendance that passing the referendum would not result in their taxes going up. I would like to turn his attention to the graph put out by the school board which clearly shows that taxes will actually quadruple during the years 2019 thru 2024 and will be 100% more for an additional two and a half years after that. Hopefully the voters will see through this smoke screen and realize that passing the referendum WILL increase their taxes.