Education

$15 million bond vote Tuesday for Monticello Community School District

If passed, would fund new middle school

MONTICELLO — A $15 million bond for the Monticello Community School District goes to voters Tuesday.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Monticello Berndes Center, 766 North Maple St.

The bond, if approved by at least 60 percent of voters, would partially finance the construction of a new middle school in the 1,200-student school district, which includes areas of Jones, Delaware, Linn and Dubuque counties.

The bond would increase the school district’s levy rate by $2.75 per $1,000 taxable evaluation. According to the district, the increase would amount to about $140 more in property taxes annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The new middle school, for grades five through eight, would be attached to the high school in Monticello, 850 East Oak St. The bond also would be used to pay for a secured entrance and mechanical upgrades to the high school, and to relocate the district administration offices.

Monticello Community School District has not had a successful bond referendum since 1996, Jones County Auditor Janine Sulzner said, when voters approved an $8.85 million bond to build Monticello High. A 2015 bond failed.

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