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Bond Vote Question 2

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A vote that could change the direction of public education in the Magic City is now less than a month away.

Voters are being asked to approve a 125 million dollar bond request that would build a new elementary school, a second high school, add on to existing buildings, and increase security.

District officials say increasing enrollments have created a space crunch that can't be handled -- and the problem is projected to worsen.

When you vote in December however, you won't just be asked if you support the 125 million dollar bond.

A second question will be on the ballot.

If second ballot question is approved, it would give the district the authority to take on the debt that the bond would create.

Business Manager for the district Scott Moum says if voters approve of the bond, their hope is they approve that request as well.

(Scott Moum - MPS Finance Manager) "In my mind, it is almost like a housekeeping thing. The big question is 'Do you approve the 125 million dollar bond, yes or no?". If you approve that, then you would need to also approve the district's constitutional authority to increase the amount of total debt past five percent, up another five percent. They are tied together, that is a very true statement."

The bond vote requires 60 percent approval for passage, while the debt question only needs a simple majority to pass.

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