When is the vote? Voting is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.
Where are the polling places? Polling places are determined by where residents live in the district.
Residents of Springwater Township and the city of Beaver Creek vote at the Beaver Creek City Hall.
Residents of Beaver Creek Township will vote at the Beaver Creek Township Hall.
Residents of the city of Steen will vote at the Steen City Hall, the former Exchange State Bank building.
Clinton Township residents will vote at the Clinton Township Hall.
Residents of Martin Township and the city of Hills will vote at the Hills Legion Hall.
Who is eligible to vote?
All United States citizens over the age of 18 who currently live in the Hills-Beaver Creek School District are able to vote in the bond election. The district expands to the following cities and townships: all of Martin Township, most of Beaver Creek Township, approximately half of Clinton Township, a small portion of Springwater Township and all residents living in Steen, Beaver Creek and Hills. Those who are not registered voters can register at polling places by bringing two forms or identification or billing statements that prove they live at their current addresses.
Are landowners who do not live in the district eligible to vote?
No. Individuals who own land in the district but do not live there are not able to vote. However, their taxes will be impacted by a positive vote.
Are absentee ballots available?
Voters who are unable to vote during the posted polling times can submit an absentee ballot, which is available on the district’s Web site (www.hbcpatriots.com) or by contacting the school office. This is available until March 8.
Will inclement weather affect voting?
Weather does not impact voting on the school bond issue. It is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, regardless of the weather.
How many votes are needed for the bond issue to pass?
For the bond to pass, voters need 50 percent plus one vote to answer yes on the ballot. For example, if 400 votes are cast, 201 need to vote yes for the bond to pass.
How do I get results of the bond election?
Unofficial results will be posted on the Hills Crescent and Star Herald Web sites Tuesday night. The results are official following a special school board meeting on Thursday, March 11.
Where will the school be built?
The proposed new high school will be located on a 49.09-acre site at the northwest corner of the city of Hills.
The entrance to the building would face south, on the southeast corner of the land parcel. This site is approximately 500 feet from the railroad tracks that run parallel to the land.
Access to the building will either come from a road that extends Summit Avenue to the North or via Water Ave. The district is still working with property owners who live in this area.
If the bond passes, when does construction begin?
According to Gil Haugan, construction could start as early as June 1, 2010.
When is the building expected to be completed?
The 14-month timeline for the project sets a completion date in the summer of 2011, with students using the building for the start of the 2011-12 school year.
If the bond passes, what will happen to the current high school building?
The district hopes to sell the school building but intends to use the gymnasium and locker room facilities in the future.
Whom should residents contact for additional information?
Members of the H-BC Building Committee are Chair Ann Boeve, Tim Baker and Harley Fransman.
The proposed building design is 76,765 square feet, of which 67,000 square feet is instructional space.
The design has ten general classrooms, a science lab, a resource center, a library, a staff work area, a community room, a cafetorium, a two-station gymnasium, locker rooms, an art room, a music room, and industrial arts and agriculture classrooms.
The remaining square footage is storage space in the mezzanine area of the gym.
The building would be built using pre-cast panels for the gym wing and masonry on the classroom wing.
The building has several areas for future expansion.
Tax Information The type of property owned and the taxable market value of that property determine tax increases. The bond will be paid over 25 years. The district’s bonding agency, Ehlers and Associates, released a tax impact chart that provides increases on a variety of taxable market values. Download the tax impact form
Agricultural property: When residents vote on a bond issue, an agricultural property owner’s tax increase is based on all property owned.
This makes determining the tax impact difficult because the amount of increase depends on the classification of land and its assessed value.
Property owners interested in determining their exact tax increase affected by the bond can contact the agency by phone or e-mail. Call 800-552-1171 during business hours or send e-mail messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include full name, a daytime phone number and the property identification number(s) for all parcels of property owned within the school district.
Residential property: Residents living inside the city limits of Steen, Hills or Beaver Creek can determine their tax increase by multiplying their taxable market value by .00134. A homeowner’s taxable market value is the assessed value as determined by the city assessor. This figure can be found on individual tax statements.
For example, if the assessed value of a home were $100,000, the tax increase — if the bond were to pass — would be $134 per year for 25 years. If property values increase or decrease, the bond amount does also.
Commercial/industrial property: Business owners can determine their tax impact by multiplying .002 times for the first $150,000 of assessed value. Any value more than $150,000 is multiplied by .00268.