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Rally for Gower Referendum To Take Place Saturday morning

A rally to support a $9 million referendum to fund improvements to the district's facilities is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Willowbrook Town Center.

A rally in support of a to facilities is scheduled for Saturday morning. The rally will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the circle next to Sports Authority at the Willowbrook Town Center.

The Gower School District needs $9 million dollars to pay for a list of at both and Gower West Elementary.

At the top of the list is the creation of three science rooms and a science lab at the middle school and renovating the gym and increasing the size of the early childhood classroom at the elementary school.

The district currently does not have enough funds to pay for the improvements, but Gower residents could approve a referendum on March 20 to issue bonds to pay for them. This referendum would extend the existing debt service payments for a  $1.85 million bond voters approved in 2004 for roof and technology improvements at Gower Middle School.

Mayor Gary Grasso has endorsed the referendum saying that a good school district attracts buyers and has a strong positive impact on all homes in a community. 

"The Gower referendum is a win-win for all residents without increasing property taxes.  I urge everyone to vote yes on March 20," said Grasso.

Referendum supporters are asking people attending the rally to wear green tomorrow. Free doughnuts and hot chocolate will be provided. To find out more about the effort, people can visit the website for the "Vote Yes for Gower" committee. Photos of the facilities in need of improvement have been posted on the committee's Facebook page.

Attached to this article is the rally flyer and a question and answer sheet about the referendum that is being distributed by the Vote Yes for Gower committee.

If the referendum passes, remodeling work would begin this summer. Larger construction and remodeling projects would begin in the Spring of 2013.

Sabrina Wu March 02, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Will you vote in favor of the referendum? Why or why not?
Nancy Neuman March 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
This referendum is intended NOT to raise taxes. The new bonds will be structured so that future payments for Gower School District 62 are the same or lower than current ones. This is important to note when planning to support this important intiative for our community. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that the whole community benefits when they support quality schools. National Association of Realtors 2011: “Of all the local neighborhood amenities that can influence a buyers decision to purchase a home, good quality schools is the most influential.” We encourage the communtiy within the Gower voting district to vote YES.
Kevin Kotecki March 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The Gower school district has been recognized statewide and nationally for its high quality of education and the achievement of its graduates. This referendum will further strengthen acedemics, bolster music and the arts, improve safety and security and enhance the overall student experience. This is not only great for our kids, it is great for the entire community. Study after study have shown that the quality of public schools is directly related to home values. Homes in districts with the best public schools enjoy a ten to fifty percent premium versus those in average or lower ranked public schools districts. Further, the quality and ranking of public schools is readily available on a number of well known web sites. Supporting this referendum is important for everyone in the Gower District. The great news is that this referendum WILL NOT RAISE YOUR TAXES !!!

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