Time is running out to get into your ballot; the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, and your ballot must be returned to the Morgan County Clerk and Recorder Office by then to be counted.
For voters in the Wiggins area still weighing their choices, 2D seems like a no-brainer.
It’s no secret that Wiggins is growing up, and like other communities in the area, there is a need for more housing in the city. 2D is asking voters for permission for the city to sell land it is not currently using to expand an existing subdivision. The benefits of this proposal go beyond solving the housing shortage. The money from the sale of the property would be used to improve the park, improving the quality of life for the residents of Wiggins. And putting the land back in the hands of the private sector also puts it back on the tax roll to generate revenue for local government.
We think 2D should be an easy ‘yes’ vote.
Voters in Wiggins and the surrounding area are also invited to decide on a voting initiative for Wiggins School Bond 5W. The objective of 5W will be to provide the necessary funds for the construction of a new elementary school building for students in Grades 3 to 6. The current elementary school building will still be used to house students from kindergarten to grade two.
This initiative is necessary as the current primary school is expected to reach capacity by 2024 or earlier. The current primary school is less than 30 students from reaching capacity, and new houses and housing estates continue to be built. In the past five years alone, Wiggins has seen a 41% growth in registrations.
Due to the growth rate of the Wiggins community and the success of the 2016 Link that built the high school, we fully support the 5W Link. With the estimated tax increase of $ 2.73 per month ($ 32.76 per year) for the average homeowner, we don’t think adopting this initiative would be an undue burden on taxpayers. Postponing construction would also end up costing more in the long run due to rising prices for steel and lumber.
If passed, the current elementary school building would receive: updated fixtures and flooring in the bathrooms, vinyl flooring, new paint and new carpet in the bathrooms, classrooms, new gymnasium floors, new exterior doors, updated playground equipment, and more humanities and recreation areas for neighborhood growth.
The new building would include: 21 classrooms, a library and a cooperative education space for fifth graders in addition to a media center, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) resources, a gymnasium, stage, human resources and age-appropriate play equipment. Preschool classrooms would also be included in the addition and would include a safe and secure entrance with room for an administrative assistant at the front door, parking with increased security measures, and a larger play area with more. equipment.
We urge voters to support the Wiggins RE-50J School District and its growing student population by voting “yes” to question 5W.