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 the 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.

Passage of the bond issue would prompt a 15 percent increase on property taxes, Riggs said, as this will be a five-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.

Voters can call the superintendent's office with any questions, 405-598-2716.