Seth Logan ’14 – Opinion Editor
The Romeo Community Schools Board of Education is proposing a bus bond in hopes of replacing its aging bus fleet.
This bond, if approved, would raise $5.1 million to replace the 54 buses currently in the district’s possession. Romeo Community School District spends approximately $300,000 annually to repair its buses. Thirty-two are in need of immediate replacement, including 15 which were flagged for unsafe amounts of rust among other problems. The remaining 22 buses would be replaced as needed in the following years.
Guy Cocasetta, assistant principal at RHS, supports the proposed bus bond.
“I do support it 100 percent because the safety of the students is number one. ” said Cocasetta. “You have to be very specific on what the bond is, and this is specifically a no-tax bond. So that means the community members’ taxes will not go up. Everything will stay the same from their end, we are just going to borrow x amount of dollars to pay for the buses for this district.”
The proposal will result in no tax increases for district homeowners. Due to former bonds expiring, millage rates are expected to drop during the nine-year lifespan of the bus bond.
Polls for the bus bond will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013.