The Macomb School District will ask voters to approve a $400,000 bond issue in an election set for Aug. 28

The Macomb School District will ask voters to approve a $400,000 bond issue in an election set for Aug. 28

Superintendent Matt Riggs said the transportation bond issue would fund the purchase of four new school buses — three for daily bus routes and a fourth to be used as an activity bus. That activity bus would be available for students going to athletic events or taking field trips for things like robotics, ag events or the summer learning program.

“We need to have something dependable,” Riggs said.

The newest bus in district, which currently has to lease its route buses, is a 2006 model, he said.

The district, which sought two different bond issues that narrowly failed last year, is hoping the community will support this single transportation bond to purchase buses.

“It's not something we can do without the support of the community,” he said.

Passage of school bond issues requires a 60 percent supermajority. The transportation bond election in 2017 had 55 percent support, but not enough to get the supermajority, he said.

The closeness of the last election tells Riggs the community supports the measure overall, so he encourages everyone to get out and vote.

Passage of the bond issue would prompt a 15 percent increase on property taxes, Rigg said, as this will be a 5-year issued bond. If property values increase, though, the impact could be less overall.

For every $100 paid in property taxes per year, the increase would be $15 per year.

If the bond passes, the increase wouldn't go on the tax rolls until December 2019.

In an effort to communicate with patrons in the Macomb school district, Riggs said they will hold a bond meeting at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Cope's Country Cafe at U.S. 177 and SH 59B. School officials will be there to provide more information and answer any questions that any voters may have, he said.

Voters also can call the superintendent's office as well, 405-598-2716.