Today’s seemingly obscure date may not yet have much meaning to you.
But if you or your family, or even your heart or your mind are in Joplin, today, March 7th, 2012 is an extremely important date in Joplin’s history. Today is the last day to officially register as a voter.
Why does this matter now? Why should you nudge the Joplin citizen in your life to swing by an official voter registration station?
Because in just a few weeks, registered voters have a huge decision to make. A $62 Million, city-defining decision to make: do you approve a tax increase to rebuild the Joplin school system into a state-of-the-art, national example of education?
Yes or No? And only registered voters can decide.
For those of you unfamiliar with the bond issue, here is a quick introduction, assuming you are already aware of the current, post-tornado state of our Joplin schools.
- The schools are asking for the $62 million bond for the entire school system.
- The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is in favor of the bond.
- Joplin’s citizens currently pay a lower property tax rate than virtually all area school systems.
- Here is a breakdown of funds received and expected by the school if the bond is approved.
- Joplin’s citizens approved a similar bond 5 years ago.
- If this bond is not approved, Joplin schools may lose FEMA funding, but will bring a similar ballot back to the citizens.
You can find documents detailing more here:
So spread the word to those in Joplin. Today may be their last chance to have a say!