Aiken Chamber Chair: Vote Yes to the Bond Referendum to Finance School Construction

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

On May 1, the Aiken County Public School District will ask voters to say yes to a $90 million-dollar bond referendum to finance school construction. The board of directors of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce unanimously supports the bond referendum, and as the chair of that board, I am proud of this endorsement.
Today, however, I write to you from my perspective as a father.

The bond referendum is important to me personally for three reasons - Parks, Ansley and Connor - my three children.

I want my children to learn in modern, safe schools and to do that, we must speed up the process of updating and maintaining our current facilities and build new facilities.
The community stepped up and supported a penny tax for our schools in 2014, but that tax is simply taking care of the most urgent needs. The list of needs is long and if we continue using only the penny tax, the six projects being discussed in this referendum will not start until 2024 and will not be completed until at least 2032. My oldest will have graduated by that time. If the bond referendum passes, these same projects would start next year and be done when he is starting 5th grade.

Our schools should be a source of pride in our community from the inside and the outside, but to do this we must move into overdrive and catch up with surrounding areas. We can not sit by and deal with the day to day problems without taking the time to look to our future.
The cost to the taxpayer would be $20 per year on a $100,000 home-- $60 a year if your home is worth $300,000. That's about five dollars a month. A small price to pay for our children.
I hope you will join me in voting yes on May 1.