OPS Board Will Consider $628 Million Bond

  • OPS Board Presentation

    OPS Board of Education

    July 21st -- Presentation of Plan and 1st Reading

    August 4th -- 2nd Reading

    August 18th -- Board Vote

    August 29th  -- Bond Initiative Filing Date

While summer lingers on, school is the farthest thing from most kids minds.

For the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, it's full swing. Up on the agenda Monday July 21st will be the Facilities Master Plan. It's a $682 million bond that would improve schools in the district.

"There are a lot of schools that need help. They close off schools if there's heat, which is ridiculous and I think there are schools that need to be fixed," said Pat Hruska, Former OPS Parent.

"I think it is a great idea. I think the district has a lot of needs, building new facilities, technology upgrades is incredibly important," said Colleen Jackson, Omaha resident.

But plain and simple, many want to know where the money will come from. OPS said it would be added into property taxes. For example, for a home valued at 100 thousand dollars the homeowner would have to pay an additional $112 a year in property taxes.

Some people are OK with that cost.

"Worth it, I do. These are kids, these are our future, we have to invest," said Jackson.

Others don't feel the same.

"I wouldn't mind help paying for it, if they tried to find other means also. I know there are other means to do it. They need to look into that before they put it on the people, we are being over taxed the way it is now," said Hruska.

Either way, it's still very early in the process.

A few areas the bond would cover include renovations, technology upgrades, replacement of existing facilities, and even the building of brand new schools.

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