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EDITORIAL: Ontario voters should say yes to better schools

A community’s investment in its children is essential, and Ontario School District officials want local voters to invest another $25 million. That’s a big swing for Ontario, and taxpayers need to weigh the choice carefully.

Ballots going out next week will ask voters in the Ontario district to tax themselves for the next 20 years to pay back the $25 million proposed for school buildings and improvements. As they calculate the impact, the cost would be roughly $1 for every dollar in taxable property value. That means $200 a year for a $200,000 property.

Taxpayers are still paying off the last borrowing by the school district, from a bond voters approved in 2010. The tax bill for that runs several more years. Additionally, local taxpayers get a new bill this year when the Ontario Recreation District joins governments relying on . . .