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Rankin $159 Million School Bond Issue Vote

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Voters in Rankin County will go to the poll Tuesday to vote on a proposed $169.5 million bond issue for their schools.

Rankin County school officials say the money would go towards substantial upgrades to their facilities, due to increased student populations.

New high schools are proposed for McLaurin, Northwest Rankin, and 150 additional classrooms throughout the district.

There would also be a new $10 million dollar athletic facility for Brandon High School, including a new football stadium.

The bond issue would mean a tax increase of about $60 a year for residents with homes valued at $100,000, which some homeowners say is too much.

Brad Heatherington who has a daughter still in school said, "I think it's a pie in the sky, it's asking far too much particularly at a time like now when the economy is bad for everybody. I'm retired, making enough to make ends meet but I'm going to have to find something else to do to make that extra, make it up now probably taxes are going to go up because of that."

Some Rankin County residents say the district is burdening residents with debt, with two bond issues still to be paid off.

The 1994 bond issue will expire in 2015. If the current bond issue passes, the district will borrow $110 million on the front end.

When the 1994 issue goes off the books, the remaining $59 million will be borrowed.

There's also a 2001 bond issue that will be paid off in the year 2020.

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