Endorsement: Yes to fund operations in new center
A separate question before voters in Hawthorn District 73 seeks an increase in the tax rate to raise about $1.3 million a year for costs such as utilities, custodians and transportation that would be needed to operate the buildings if its bond referendum passes. As a practical matter, supporting one measure means supporting both. More buildings mean more work, materials and maintenance. The new kindergarten center would require additional bus routes. If residents want modern schools that aren't congested, money needs to be spent to operate and maintain facilities. If the referendum passes, the owner of a $350,000 house will pay $111 in additional taxes in 2019. If it fails, plans for expansion and renovation may halt, programming may decrease and class sizes will increase. The two measures work together to improve students' educational opportunities. We recommend a yes vote.