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Vote 'yes' on referendum
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:00 AM
The referendum as it will appear on the ballot: Shall Madison Consolidated Schools issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance the renovation of and improvements to Madison Consolidated High School, E.O. Muncie Elementary School and Anderson Elementary School, which is estimated to cost not more than $40,470,000 and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt services by a maximum of $0.4028 per $100 of assessed valuation over the 19-year life of the bonds?"
Why is there an editorial on Page One?
Newspapers are very careful to separate news from opinion. That's why most have an opinion page to print editorials and commentary.
Once in a while, however, there is an issue the newspaper feels is so important that an editorial is placed on the front page.
That's the case in today's Madison Courier.
The left side of Page One carries an editorial urging residents to vote "yes" on the upcoming school referendum.
The editorial is clearly labeled "Our Opinion" to separate it from the news on the page.
Our decision also was influenced by the amount of feedback we've received on the referendum issue. Many letters have been published and more are scheduled to be printed.
As with any editorial, our intent is not to be the final word. We hope our thoughts are useful as people formulate their own opinions.
We want to know what you think about this important issue facing voters on May 6.
We encourage letters to the editor and story comments. You can submit letters several ways:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By regular mail to: The Madison Courier, 310 Courier Square, Madison, IN 47250
By posting comments on our facebook page at www.madisoncourier.com
Or, drop off your letter to our office. We're open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We also are working on a series of stories for Saturday's paper. The package will include pieces from proponents and opponents of the referendum and comments from community members.
The best school districts challenge and create opportunities for their students.
Good teachers, relevant curriculum offerings, functional and safe buildings, engaged students and parental involvement are all part of a successful program.
Residents in the Madison Consolidated Schools district face a school referendum vote on May 6 that will impact the quality of education for many years to come - whether it passes or fails.
We urge a "yes" vote on the $40 million building referendum being put before the voters.
Of course, everyone wants the best for our children ... and there are different opinions on how to achieve academic excellence.
The Madison Courier's decision to support the referendum came after hours of discussions with those in favor of and those opposed to the referendum.
We received honest, sincere and well-reasoned responses to our questions.
The difference of opinion - for most - came down to the size of the project and impact on taxes that property owners will face.
Will an increase in taxes be a hardship for some? Yes.
Still, we believe the return on investment makes the school project deserving of support.
Madison and Jefferson County need to grow. We now have the benefit of a new bridge that better links our county to the rest of the nation. We have a new hospital that will serve those same young people and their children in future years.
Quality schools create a trifecta of reasons to like Madison and Jefferson County's future.
Leadership in the Madison schools is strong and we have every reason to believe that growth will go far beyond bricks and mortar.
Children are the future of this community. Good schools attract the best teachers ... Good schools attract families ... Good schools attract prospective employers ... Good schools contribute to our quality of life.
The referendum might be the biggest issue our community is going to face in the next decade.
Each of us must figure out what we can financially absorb. Do the math and make a decision if that's how you want your money spent.
There is no easy answer, but we must get it right.
We think a "yes" vote is the right vote.
If you build it they will come? Madison prides itself on historic preservation but is struggling to survive and grow. Until both of these forces can agree - nothig will get done. Old money keeps up the fight to preserve and new money wants new things. My idea of compromise is to help those less fortunate obtain safe and decent housing instead of raising taxes 40%. No wonder all the young people leave town hoping to never come back. By the time they graduate they are fed up with not having diverse, age appropriate entertainment or affordable housing prospects.
I can't find a reason to vote to build a new school and raise taxes to pay for it hoping to attract more wage earners to the area. A new building won't help kids learn like a good teacher does. The new hospital hasn't made our doctors or patients any better. Why not take care of those being raised in the Madison area so they will stick around after graduation? They are the reason NOT to raise taxes!
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