Helena-West Helena citizens voting in the Sept. 16 school elections will not only cast their vote for school board members but also will express their opinion, for or against, a 3.9 mill increase over the current tax rate, bringing the total millage taxed on property to 38.  One mill is equal to one-tenth of a cent.


Helena-West Helena citizens voting in the Sept. 16 school elections will not only cast their vote for school board members but also will express their opinion, for or against, a 3.9 mill increase over the current tax rate, bringing the total millage taxed on property to 38. One mill is equal to one-tenth of a cent.
The total proposed school tax levy of 38 mills includes 25 mills specifically for general maintenance and operation, 9.1 mills for debt service previously voted as a continuing levy pledged for the retirement of existing debt, which will be retired from the proceeds of a new proposed bond.
The new proposal includes 3.9 mills in new debt service for a proposed new high school for the Helena-West Helena School District. The principal bond amount is listed on the ballot at $17,795,000, which should mature over a 31-year period.
“The bonds will be issued for the purpose of refunding the district’s outstanding bonded indebtedness and erecting and equipping new school facilities and making additions and improvements to existing facilities. The surplus revenues produced each year by debt service millage may be used by the district for other school purposes,” according to the ballot’s wording.
Calls to Helena-West Helena Superintendant Rudolph Howard were not returned by press time.