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Voters to decide on safer students, stronger schools on April 2

On April 2, voters will consider an 18-cent increase to the debt-service levy to fund 39 critical projects identified by a citizen task force. Projects include creating safer entrances at 31 schools, renovating or reconstructing six schools and adding classroom space to expand preschool. Once approved, all projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

These school improvements would cost less than 10 cents a day in additional property taxes for a home with a market value of $100,000. That totals $2.85 more per month or $34.20 annually. Property taxes are the primary funding source public schools can use to pay for major capital improvements. The $168 million proposal request for an 18-cent increase to the debt-service levy, would be phased in over two years: nine cents in 2019 and an additional nine cents in 2020. Compared with other school districts in the area, the SPS debt-service levy is currently one of the lowest.

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To learn more details about each project featured as part of Proposition S, visit