Citizens in Monette, Leachville, and Black Oak are preparing to vote a third time on a millage increase to support the Buffalo Island Consolidated School District. Since 2014, the district has tried twice to pass a 9 mill increase to construct a new school and make other improvements for the district.
On this third attempt, which will happen next week, the district is asking for a 7 mill increase. If it passes, the district plans to construct a new K thru 6 school in Leachville, and a 7th-12th grade school in Monette.
Both schools are projected to cost $18 million. There has been some controversy involving the first two attempts to pass a millage increase.
According to Investopedia.com, a millage is the amount per $1,000 used to calculate personal property taxes. It’s often used by school boards to calculate the amount of local school taxes to be collected based on the total property value within the school district. Monette, Leachville, and Black Oak have a combined population of 3,675 residents as of 2013.
Voting on the mill increase is will be held in Monette, Leachville, and Black Oak on January 12. Listen to the full story on why it's taking so long for this increase to pass and how it will effect the communities the school serves.