School District considering 1.5 mill property tax

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Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 06:45 PM.

BONIFAY — The Holmes County School District met July 16 and approved of advertising for a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on July 29 to discuss a possible 1.5 mill property tax in addition to the to the school’s proposed tax of 6.043 mills.

The tax is estimated to generate $670,751 to go towards building the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary Schools, reimburse maintenance, renovation and repairs, roof repairs and replacement, paving, purchase of seven school buses, purchasing school furniture and equipment district wide and lease purchase of Data Processing Equipment.

Superintendent of School Eddie Dixon gave a preview of the presentation he would be presenting before the visiting representatives from the Florida Department of Education about building the new Bonifay Middle and Elementary Schools.

“In 1985 Ponce de Leon High was built for $5,299,402; in 1988 Holmes County High was built for $12,042,055; in 1997 Bethlehem School was built for $15,527,022; and in 2003 Poplar Springs School was built for $13,322,713 for a total of $46,191,192,” said Dixon. “What they all have in common is that these schools would not have existed without the Special Facilities Program.”

He explained that the value of one mill in Holmes County is equivalent to $412,000 and the value of Walton County is $11,200,000.

“With our one mill we could purchase three buses, but with their one mill they could purchase 82 buses,” said Dixon. “But that’s also why we qualify for a special grant.”

Dixon also explained that the new schools would be a benefit to both the school and the community.

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