Starting Aug. 20, when mail-in ballots start arriving, the voters of School District 2 will have a chance to approve bonds that will provide Billings schools an amazing opportunity to make $12 million of improvements to school buildings for 25 percent of that amount. Federal and state programs will pay 75 percent of the cost.
These projects will be in all four high schools, two middle schools and 11 elementary schools all across Billings. Upon completion, school energy costs will be reduced by over $90,000 per year, saving more than another $1 million over the 15-year life of the bonds.
I want to thank the current School Board for putting forward this plan to do long-needed repairs to school buildings by taking advantage of several funding programs that will give a three-to-one match to Billings’ property tax payers.
I urge all voters to return their mail ballots shortly after they arrive and to vote yes for both the elementary and high school district bonds.