CCSC Supt. Dan Schroeder and CCSC Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger sat down with The Brazil Times about the petition remonstrance.
The proceedings are simple. From Aug. 7-Sept. 8, residents will be asked to sign one of two papers, either yellow in favor of the building project or blue against it.
"Once the signatures are verified as registered voters or owners of property, then the results will be made known to the public sometime in November," Schroeder said. Because of the delicacy of the situation, the process is being handled with the utmost care to ensure that everything is done correctly.
"If the community moves to continue with the project, then the School Tax Board would put a document together and a written recommendation will be made to the Department of Local Government Finance," Schroeder told The Brazil Times.
However, Schroeder also said that if the community decides against the project then the school board would meet to decide their next course of action.
"If the ideas are approved, competitive bids will be set into play and the selling of bonds will begin," Reberger said. "At that time, more detailed drawings and plans from the architects would go to the school board and a decision will be voted on."
Schroeder added if all of the aforementioned components are approved, the bond rate would be at 3.8 percent. With this rate, the project itself would be paid off in 8-9 years.
If the process takes longer and goes into another year, then the inflation is expected to rise at least 5 percent in the construction industry and some sections could be higher Reberger told The Brazil Times.
"If everything is approved, then construction could start the summer of 2009 at the earliest," Schroeder said.
"The original proposal started at $53 million and was cut in half, it is now only going to cost $26,035,000."
Both were firm in saying that the equity and tax rate will not increase.
They also agreed if the elementary schools are completed, then nothing major will need to be done to them for at least 20 years.
"The process started in 2005 and the community has been involved every step of the way with open meetings, advertisement and being able to voice their concerns or questions," Schroeder said.
"What we have put together at this time is the best economical package for taxpayer money," Schroeder added.
Agreeing with him, Reberger said, "To provide equal facilities for the best possible education for our children."