Joplin School District Bond Measure (April 2012)

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A Joplin School District Bond Measure was on the April 3, 2012 ballot in the Joplin school district area which is in Jasper County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 4,982 (57.68%)Approveda
  • NO 3,655 (42.32%)[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $62 million in order to rebuild schools in the district which were destroyed by the Tornado in May 2011. Money from the bond will also pay for upgrades to non damaged buildings as well as building a storm shelter for students. Since it was approved, the local school levy will be increased by $.35, making the total levy $3.66 per $100 of assessed property value. Money will also be collected from insurance claims on the school buildings, adding funds to the total project cost.[2]

Some opposition to this bond had arisen in regards to donations made to the schools in the aftermath of the tornado last year. Some residents had asked why a bond is needed if the district had already received donations to help repair the schools but officials countered that though they had received donation money it was not nearly enough to make complete repairs and made the needed additions to the facilities to make them safe. Though the school district noted that some of the donation money will go towards repairs, money that was donated has also gone towards relief needs of students and teachers as well as school materials for students.[3]

The City Council was unable to give its full approval of the bond, one member raised the concern that some residents would suffer under the additional property tax if the bond was approved.[4]

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