A historic moment is before us: the Facility Bond Levy. The process leading to the ballots arriving in your mailboxes tomorrow has been intense and intentional. It has been rigorous and rewarding. And in so many ways, it has also been historic.
Historic because for the first time since the late 1960’s, our community has had a conversation about building new schools. The last time taxpayers built a complete school was when they said yes to taxes to build Mountain View, Skyline and North, all completed 46 years ago in 1970. In fact, most Great Falls schools were built between 1950 and 1970 and paid for thanks to the foresight and generosity of community members. Thank goodness for those foremothers and forefathers who knew they needed to pay then, so we can have what we do now.
Historic because the interest rates on the bonds that will be sold to finance the Facility Plan are at historic lows. Now is the time to get the greatest amount of work done for every hard earned dollar invested. For once, history can be on our side.
Historic in that our community members are engaging with us as never before. Citizens have attended presentations and asked good questions. Young and old have gone on bus tours to see the issues for themselves. Staff members have ensured that their friends and neighbors have the information they need to make an informed decision. I personally have talked to hundreds of people as I share our GFPS story, and that story includes very dire needs as we seek to build, reinforce, replace, create, and improve our schools.
Now, it’s time to see how this part of our history will be written. Will both the elementary and high school bonds pass? Will just one of the two pass? Will they both fail? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have a vote and a voice. So do you. Now is the time to use them.
I thank you in advance for returning your ballot and for being a part of this historic moment in time.
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.