Roff voters approve school bond issue

James Smith for The Ada NewsRoff Public Schools Superintendent Scott Morgan addresses the audience during a community forum to discuss a proposed bond issue Sept. 26 in the school gym. Voters on Tuesday authorized the school district to issue $4.42 million in bonds to finance a series of capital improvements, including a new gym.

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Patrons of the Roff school district gave the district the green light Tuesday to move forward with a series of capital improvements.

The district’s proposal to finance the projects with bond issue proceeds passed on a 233-128 vote, with 64.54 percent of voters in favor of the bond issue and 35.46 percent against, according to unofficial election results from the Oklahoma State Election Board. School bond issues require a 60 percent supermajority of the vote to pass.

Roff Superintendent Scott Morgan said Wednesday that he appreciated voters’ support.

“We can’t say enough how thankful we are to our communities of Roff, Fitzhugh and Hickory for their investment in the safety, security and future of our children,” he said. in an email. “We are very excited about these projects and the benefits that they will provide for our students and our town.”

Voters authorized the district to issue approximately $4.42 million in bonds to finance the following projects:

• Covered walkways that will stretch from the elementary school to the student activities center and connect to the cafeteria and the middle school. Estimated cost: $73,347.

• Renovations to the bathrooms in the lower elementary school. Estimated cost: $42,931.

• A new concession stand and bathrooms for softball/baseball fields. Estimated cost: $210,897.

• A new gym. Estimated cost: $2.98 million.

• Security gear including cameras, monitors and buzzer systems at the entrances to main buildings. Estimated cost, $50,000.

The $4.42 million figure includes the cost of paying off the bonds over 10 years as well as the estimated cost for each project.

Property owners in the district will see their annual tax bills increase by 27.29 percent, according to the district.

The tax bills for property owners who currently pay $100 in taxes each year will rise by $2.27 a month, which translates into an annual increase of $27.29. Their overall tax bill would increase from $100 annually to $127.29.

Property owners with $1,000 annual tax bills would pay an additional $22.74 each month, or $272.93 each year. Their overall tax bill would rise from $1,000 a year to $1,272.93.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.