Shelbyville Daily Union

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January 17, 2014

County schools look to sales tax for financial help

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“We’re expecting $168,000 from the Christian County sales tax and $7,500 from the Macon County sales tax,” said VonSchnase

The amounts from the sales tax is determined by the number of students from the district living in the contributing county. Central A&M has students living in Christian, Macon, and Shelby counties.

VonSchnase said that Shelby County residents in his school district now understand how the sales tax proceeds help and he believes they will vote for the referendum.

VonSchnase said that the funds will be used to tuck point the exteriors of the four buildings in the district. He also hopes to be able replace windows and heater units.

“To maintain the buildings, we have to take care of the outside first and work our way in,” VonSchnase said. “From a distance, at first glance, the buildings look in good shape. But when you really look at them, you can see the deterioration happening.”

Shelbyville schools have the high school heating system high on its wish list. The 60-year-old system has been repaired multiple times and regulating the heat is nearly impossible. Classroom windows are opened during the day, even during the winter, in an effort to bring the temperature to a tolerable level.

“We are literally throwing money out the window,” said Bence. “The pipes are covered in asbestos and wrapped with duct tape. They have been patched over and over.”

Moulton’s geothermal system was installed with the help of grant money and low interest bonds. The high school building does not qualify for that particular monetary help.

“We don’t have $3 million in our budget for a new heating system,” Bence added.

Bence said that the Shelbyville School District is projected to receive approximately $390,000 per year for its buildings.

Other districts are looking at building repairs and upgrades or paying off bonds already taken out for their buildings. Other districts included in Shelby County sales tax benefits are Okaw Valley, Stewardson- Strasburg, Windsor, Cowden-Herrick, and Pana.

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