Poll: How Will You Vote on Issue 8?
A levy to build a new Avon Middle School is on the ballot
One of the biggest issues facing Avon this election season is Issue 8, a proposed $32 million levy to build a new middle school.
The Avon Board of Education concluded that the existing Avon Middle School is too small to support the growing student population, is already overcrowded, and that it is more cost-effective to build a new building.
If the levy passes, it would be for 1.25 mills over 32 years. It would cost homeowners an additional $38.29 per year for every $100,000 in home valuation.
The new school would be built on 46 acres of land the district already owns on Long Road. It would would open its doors in the 2014-15 school year to 1,200 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. At maximum capacity, the school would hold 1,600 students.
Some opponents of the levy say the existing middle school should be renovated and expanded to save money.
What do you think? If the election were today, how would you cast your ballot? Vote in our anonymous poll, and you can also share your opinions in the comments.