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5/13/2014 8:38:00 PM
Taxes increasing in Ninety Six school district
Brian King
Staff Writer

Taxes will be going up on properties in the Ninety Six school district after the District 52 board of trustees voted to adopt a hybrid method of paying for the new track at the old Ninety Six High School.

District 52 superintendent Mark Petersen told the board that a hybrid method would be used to pay for the new track, which has a price tag of about $800,000. The board approved the issuance of a $1 million bond in March. In April, the board decided to put the project on hold.

Petersen said the board had received bad information about tax increases related to the track. Board members were initially informed that there would be no tax increase on owner-occupied homes within the district if the bond was approved. However, debt service millage applies to all properties, while operations millage is not assessed on owner-occupied homes.

District 52 officials recently appeared before Greenwood County Council and asked for a millage increase of 14 mills for debt service. Petersen said Tuesday that the district has a "healthy fund balance" and that will be used to pay half of the debt, reducing the increase in debt millage to seven mills. That increase equates to an increase of about $30 annually on a $100,000 home, according to Petersen.

The board unanimously approved the hybrid method of payment as presented by the administration. Construction is expected to begin as soon as the district notifies the contractor.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Article comment by: John Reynolds

I realize that after years of using our track, we have "come to learn" that it is not regulation and if it is to be used that It may need to be "modified" However, "complete relacement of the facility" may not be required, certainly not at nearly 1 million dollars.

I question the path our school district is taking in regards to costs. As a resident in the "96" schoold district and taxpayer, a parent of a student in "96" and an experienced General Contractor with over 25 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial work (particularly site developement, grading and paving), I've seen our district seemingly "had out" money at PREMIUM PRICES for construction projects. I would like our district administrators and school board to release to the taxpayers of this district the options that were considered for bringing the track up to state regulations for a high school track. Also, to publish the "bids" from qualified contractors to modify OR replace the track, so that we, as taxpayers, can see how our money is being spent.

I personally belive the cost released by the district is excessive however, if the district would release more information perhaps myslef and other taxpayers would not be as resistant.


Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: C PRICE

THE LAST TIME I HEARD NO ONE ON THIS SCHOOL BOARD WAS BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN THE MOUTH. LOOK AROUND YOU 98% OF THE RESIDENTS OF NINETY SIX ARE SENIORS WHO BARELY MAKE ENDS MEET ON SS. THIS SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. PLEASE THINK ABOUT HOW YOU VOTE. THANKS

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article comment by: Mauser King

So my taxes just went up permanently to pay for a one-time construction project? Why don't the schools stay within their budget? $800,000 for a track? Are you kidding me? That's a luxury, not a necessity! Don't raise my taxes to pay for luxuries! When will this end?

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article comment by: Angela Cogburn

I would like to know why I was told by a board member that we just did not have enough funds for our special needs department when some of the parents held a meeting last year. Now, we have a healthy fund balance? Something is just NOT right here!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Article comment by: William Hill

I wish that Greenwood Today would publish a list of expenses the district had over the last 10 years. A new ball field, concession and reporter box, and most of all new schools. I still find it odd that when the bond was voted down for a new school the roof then became a safety issue and they got the new school. I would never want a student to be in danger but what is the status of the old high school and has there been any issues since then with the roof? Decades ago we were once the richest district in the state thanks to the likes of Greenwood Mills, Monsanto and a thriving business district. Those days are gone and now the tax burden is on the individuals.


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