Baskett: City to pursue Bond referendum

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett made the city’s first public pronouncement of helping City Schools Decatur secure financing for its various construction projects.

“I hope no one will be surprised when we discuss this [General Obligation] Bond referendum this spring as it was first discussed in 2013,” Baskett said during his State of the City address Tuesday.

City commissioners rejected a $59.6 million bond referendum in August 2013, but this time around the price tag figures to be much higher. CSD is looking not only to finance extensive renovations to Renfroe Middle and Decatur High schools — as it was in 2013 — but will now likely need one or two new schools and possibly extensions to existing elementary schools.

During an interview Wednesday Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said the figure she’s now considering is $80 million. She plans on presenting that number before the school board Feb. 10 and the commission March 2.

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