The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors has endorsed the Defiance City Schools construction bond issue this spring.
The district is asking Defiance voters to approve a 3.78-mill, 32-year bond issue for the construction of a new grade 6-12 school. If approved, the tax would provide the local share of funds for the project -- approximately $11.7 million -- while the Ohio School Facilities Commission would pay about $44.1 million.
A new release issued Wednesday by the chamber states that in endorsing the levy its board "recognizes the importance of our schools to the success of our community ... ."
Further, it states that a yes vote would "result in a 230,000 square-foot 6-12 grade school building to be located on Palmer Drive" and "allow the community to capitalize on funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission," which would "contribute 79 percent to this project."
Additionally, the chamber news release stated that "this would mean about $45 million Ohio tax dollars to the area. For about the same amount of dollars that we would spend to prolong our existing buildings for 10-15 years, we would receive facilities which could last 50-75 years. From an economic development standpoint, quality and community support of the educational system ranks high among the top questions asked by prospective businesses and families. Most can immediately reflect on the sports, band and other various programs important to the community.
"The school district also prides themselves on the high standards of achievement, diversified programs and dedicated individuals in the system that make all this happen. We are truly pleased to be able to promote our Defiance City School District as a pillar that supports all that happens in the area. The quality of the education we provide today determines the quality of the citizens living in our community in the future."