Muroc weighs construction bond

first_imgThe company is the largest employer in Boron, so its support or lack of it could make a difference, district officials have said. A telephone survey indicated nearly 65 percent of Muroc’s registered voters would support a bond measure to improve and build school facilities. Edwards Air Force Base residents would not be affected by a bond proposal because they don’t pay property taxes. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Challinor, who came aboard as superintendent last October, said the district needs to come up with more than $678,000 in matching funds for a proposed $1.6 million modernization of Boron High School, which was built in the 1950s. Under a 60-40 match program, the state’s share of the cost is $1.01 million, and the district’s match is $678,462. “We have some very aging facilities, and with our current financial situation with a decline in enrollment, we have some needs we can’t address with our current budget,” Challinor said. Under the $6 million bond proposal, homeowners in Boron and North Edwards would have been taxed. The tax would have been $55 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, but the average assessed valuation in those two communities is about $44,000 so the annual tax for homeowners would be only about $27 a year, district officials had said. A prior consultant concluded that U.S. Borax’s huge open pit mine and plant in Boron would foot more than 50 percent of the total tax payment for a Muroc bond. The company’s annual tax assessment would amount to about $140,000 a year, based on the assessed value of the firm’s property done by the consultant. NORTH EDWARDS – The Muroc Joint Unified School District is looking anew at whether to pursue a school construction bond measure to furnish the matching funds to refurbish Boron High School and do other projects. The board has approved a contract with a financial services consultant to help the district decide whether it should hold a bond election. “They will work to determine what projects we need to address, if the community would support a bond, and what cost they would be able to bear,” Superintendent Rob Challinor said. The district in the past two years had contemplated pursuing a $6 million bond measure, but took no action. last_img

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