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Project Panthers: Frequently Asked Questions

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This is NOT a millage increase. A bond issue is a commonly used method by districts to borrow money to pay for capital improvement projects such as renovations to existing buildings.

If voters approve, the district obtains bids and sells bonds to the purchaser who offers the lowest interest rate. Like a new home loan or a loan refinance, the district will use those funds to pay for the projects and pay back the debt over time.

Arkansas requires districts to seek approval from voters to reissue bonds even if the millage rate stays the same.

Every year, the district pays off debt from previous bonds. As loan balances decrease and property values increase, the District is able to borrow money and pay it back utilizing the revenue from the existing tax rate, much like refinancing the mortgage on your home.

If approved, the funds would be allocated for projects as shown in the graphics below.  The major categories include ongoing capital replacement and renovations to keep providing needed services to our students.

No. Money generated from a bond issue can only be used for capital expenditures such as new building projects or renovations. These funds may not be used for salaries, transportation costs, supplies, or utilities.

No. Our millage rate is currently 39.5 and it will remain 39.5.

The majority of the projects would either be deferred to later years or postponed indefinitely. The critical capital improvements would still need to be addressed. To pay for these, money would have to be spent from the operating budget (the portion that pays for salaries, supplies, and instructional needs).

Bond issues allow the district to pay for costly renovations and new projects over time rather than all at once. This makes it possible for the district to devote more of its operating budget to student instruction.

These facilities will be used by every athletic program, as well as band, cheer, and dance. The Multi-Use Practice Pavilion will help our programs be more flexible with their schedules.

Currently, our district has 17 Pre-K classrooms housed in our elementary schools that are needed for K-4 programming. This will take care of our elementary facility needs for the long term. We would like to expand our program by having a facility in the north and another in the south zone. We will also be able to provide a safe room that could be used by our community after school hours.

Studies have shown that real estate values tend to be higher in communities with school districts that offer a quality educational program and up-to-date facilities.

Registered voters who reside within the Cabot School District, which encompasses much of northwest Lonoke County and includes the cities of Cabot, Austin, and Ward, ARE eligible to vote in the upcoming special election.

The amount on the ballot and the bond proceeds are expected
to provide the following:
New funds for projects - $41,500,000
Funds to restructure existing debt - $41,225,000
Funds to pay estimated costs of issuing bonds - $1,990,000
Total: $84,715,000


Vision & Mission

The Cabot School District is committed to educating all students to be responsible citizens who value learning, treat others with
dignity and respect, and adapt successfully to the demands of the rapidly changing society.

The Cabot School District is committed to
"Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Opportunities."